July 26, 2010

Tom Tonyan - July 3, 1951 - July 7, 2010

Thomas Douglas Tonyan

My brother-in-law tragically passed away from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident on Wednesday, July 7th.  It is impossible to believe he is isn't with us any longer.  Tom was a brilliant jazz musician who played the piano, organ and keyboard.  He had a witty sense of humor, and had an infectious laugh that I can hear now.  He was a loving man who is deeply missed by his family.

We love you Tom

Recently, on April 16th of this year, he played with Red Holloway for the opening of the Friday Night Series of Jazz at LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

Although you can just see the top of his head in the videos, that is Tom on the organ.  I have embedded the You Tube videos for you to enjoy.

Here is a photo of Tom that evening playing the organ.


Laurie said...

Oh, my heart goes out to you. I'm very sorry for your loss. I wish you comfort.

Anonymous said...

I was fortunate enough to play with him one last time at the jazz joint in Koreatown. I'm thankful we had that evening. I hadn't seen him in a very long time altho we knew each other from City College days. Wishing the family some comfort in your loss.