TONY ANSELL (1945-2000)

Keyboard player, composer and teacher Tony Ansell died in Sydney in November 2000. Tony was a gifted and popular musician whose work included numerous TV themes. notably for ABC News, Channel 10 News, and many ABC current affairs programs including AM, PM, Countrywide and The 7.30 Report. His great versatility kept him in demand as a session player for over 25 years and he worked on literally thousands of jingles and advertisements, and played on many jazz, rock and pop recordings including Richard Clapton’s 1975 hit "Girls On The Avenue" and the Zodiac-inspired concept album Star Suite (1974) created by Peter Dawkins under the pseudonym Patch, with an all-star session band that included Tony. He also performed with jazz groups including The Trio and The Don Burrows Quartet and he toured nationally and internationally with Galapagos Duck.

A full obituary for Tony was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 21 November 2000.