Brett Harrell death: Well-known Bass player in Hampton roads passed away after a brief illness

Brett Harrell died. (Source: Facebook)
Brett Harrell death. (Source: Facebook)


Brett Harrell, well known as the bassist and musician Bam Bam, has died. He was among the region of Hampton Roads’ top bassists. Many people must be curious to know the Brett Harrell cause of death in light of the recent news. Keep reading to know more about Brett Harrell and his cause of death in detail.


Who was Brett Harrell?

Brett Harrell was one of the best bass guitarists in the Hampton Roads area. After his first encounter with his jazz fusion band As One at Open Mic Sunday at the Mark IV in 1997, Brett developed into a musical shaman.

From there, he moved around over the years in various trios and duos before reuniting in the middle of 2000 with Tony Johnson’s show band Kustom Made, which travelled to casinos and special events on the East Coast.

Brett Harrell attended I.C. Norcom High School and Norfolk State University to study music with a focus on media. Until his death, he lived in Portsmouth, Virginia.


How did Brett Harrell die?

On August 2, 2023, Brett Harrell, one of the top bass players in the Hampton Roads area, passed away.

Bryan Dunn, a musician, posted the shocking information on Facebook.

He wrote,

“I’m sadden by the news of the passing of musician and Bassist, The Geat ONE aka Bam Bam Mr Brett Harrell. Brett became my musical shaman of sorts for me after our first run in at Open Mic Sunday with his jazz fusion band As One at the Mark IV in 1997. From there we bounced around over the years in different Trios , Duo and we reconnected again mid 2000 in Tony Johnson’s show band Kustom Made touring Casino work and special event Gigs up and down the East Coast. Lower Left photo shows Bam playing with me at Wine down Jazz Wednesday in Hampton after a 5 hour stint in dialysis. The photo above it was our last Jazz gig with ” The heavy hitters” in 2020.

This man’s ear for music? was indescribable! His passion and love and kind-hearted nature for others? was even greater.

A lot of you did not know him, and I wish you did! He was truly the GOAT ! #IYKYK #RIP #BamBam”

He was one of those individuals who enters your life and makes an impression. Because of him, choir and band were so much fun. He formerly eagerly anticipated band camp and competitions. The entire community will miss him.

Brett Harrell cause of death

We’re sorry to have inform you that Brett Harrell has passed away after suffering from a long illness. The amazing musician Brett Harrell, who had a charismatic personality, will be sorely missed.

The funeral arrangements for Brett Harrell will be made public at a later time, according to the family. This suggests that the family is making preparations and will give the required information about his passing and the planned burial ceremony as soon as possible.

The precise Brett Harrell cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story. Our staff does not confirm any rumors regarding the news, but you can be sure that we are doing everything in our power to gather relevant information about the tragedy and present the most recent updates as quickly as possible; nevertheless, remember that family privacy should be respected.


Tributes to Brett Harrell

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.

Guitarist Zacchaeus Wilson Jr. wrote:” #RespectBamBam. Over the last 27 years I’ve known this great brother…..there are few I respected more in this music genre. To say he was a BAD….BADDDDD man on the bass guitar is a TRUE understatement.. HE was one of THE BADDEST bass guitar players I’ve ever known AND performed with…..and an even BETTER man, friend, a fellow Spartan Legion alum and a brother. Some of the most HILARIOUS moments I ever had on gigs he was involved in. I am GRATEFUL I was able to visit, talk and pray with you a little over a week ago…..and even in sickness we shared a brief, but HILARIOUS moment just like old times. You WILL be MISSED Brett Harrell “Bam Bam”…my brother, but the MEMORIES and good times will LIVE ON in ALL of us you influenced. My SINCERE condolences to your nephew CJ Cornelius Harrell and the Harrell family and to your DEAR fiance Christina Celeste Gardner who TRULY held you down!!!! REST EASY my brother!!!! #BEHOLD 🎶 🎵 🎸 💪💪”

Brittany Burrell wrote: “Literally some of the most fun I have ever had performing was with you Uncle Bam. The love shown EVERY TIME I saw you was so genuine. You were ALWAYS so encouraging and believed in me more than I believed in myself. We always think we have more time. I’m so sorry to see you are gone, but with a heart like yours I KNOW just where you are. Heaven sounds good with you and Gordon for sure! Rest Well Brett Harrell

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died. We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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