Full Name: Jonathan "Fish" Fishman
Born Jonathan Fishman on February 19th, 1965 (with no middle name).
Family: Jon was born in Philadelphia, PA; moved to Syracuse, NY in the early 1970's. His father Len is a retired orthodontist and a sculptor. His late mother Mimi was a regular audience fixture at shows, started (with fan and friend David Shulman) a nonprofit organization in 1999 (The Mimi Fishman Foundation) to raise awareness to the early detection of glaucoma, and has appeared onstage with Phish several times. Fish has two siblings, a sister, Julie, and a brother, David. Fish was married on 9/28/97 to Pam Tengiris in Las Vegas, from whom he is now divorced. He is now married to Briar, with whom he has three children - Ella Cynthia Ruth (b. 12/30/01, 9 days early, @ 6lbs 10oz), Jack Bradley (b. 9/30/03, @ 8lbs 4oz), and Rosie; they live in Maine.
Education: Attended Moses Dewitt for High School before landing at the University of Vermont (fall 1983 to spring 1984). In the fall of 1986 he transferred to Goddard College (through spring 1990), where his Senior Study was titled “A Self-Teaching Guide to Drumming Written in Retrospect.” He holds a bachelor's degree in Arts from Goddard.
Nicknames: Primarily Fish, Henrietta, and Tubbs. Also, Jon the Fishman (1984); Moses Brown, Moses Heaps, and Moses Dewitt (5/15/88 and 3/15/91); Moses Yastrzemski (2/7/89); J. Edgar Hoover (12/7/89); Vinnie Barbarino (2/23/90); Phil Collins (2/25/90); Tubbs (Rift liner notes); Zero man (initially 9/13/90); Johnny B. Fishman (10/20/89); Hankrietta, the shortest man in rock and roll (3/19/91); Sultan of Swat (7/21/91); the fourth member of the
Instruments: drums (since age 8); vacuum (an Electrolux); Bag-Vac, as well as bagpipes; trombone; “Cracklin’ Rosie” cymbals, the “
Wrote: “Bye Bye Foot,” “Faht,” “Ha Ha Ha,” “Kung,” “Lengthwise,” "Party Time," "Tomorrow's Song," and “My Sweet One,” and lyrics to “Gumbo” and “Rock-a-William”; co-wrote “Dave’s Energy Guide,” “Dog-Faced Boy,” “Harpua,” and “Tube,” and others attributed to the full band.
Key Side Projects: Bad Hat, 1994; Surrender to the Air, spring 1996; Zambiland Orchestra, 12/22/97; Jazz Mandolin Project, 1998-2005, 2009, 2010; Gordon Stone Trio; Yonder Mountain String Band, 2007-2008; Marco Benevento Trio, 2008; and Pork Tornado.
Key Side Albums: J. Willis Pratt’s Lost Paradox, 1993; J. Willis Pratt’s Bleeding in the Shark's Tank, 1997; Jazz Mandolin Project's Tour De Flux, 1998; Dude of Life’s Under the Sound Umbrella, 1999; J. Willis Pratt’s Rhythm of the Sun, 2001; Tin Hat Trio's The Rodeo Eroded, 2002; Pork Tornado's Pork Tornado, 2003.
Other Projects: Fish played with Mike in the band the Dangerous Grapes (early 1984, while Trey was suspended from UVM). In 1994, Fish began playing in several side-groups outside of Phish, including Bad Hat (with Trey). 1995 saw the formation of the Pork Tornado, a band Fish refers to as his "bar band." Pork Tornado has toured off and on since '95 and straight through '03. In 2002, Fishman and Pork Tornado wrote a slew of new songs and took them into the studio (The Barn). The result was the self-titled Rykodisc album of the same name. The summer of 2003 also saw Fishman's participation in an additional Rykodisc release, Zappa Picks By Jon Fishman, in which he was able to compile an album of his favorite Zappa tunes. Fishman has also dipped his toes in acting, and performs (in a pink dress) in a band in the movie The Wedding Band.
Wardrobe: Wears a frock (“dress”) on stage, a blue number with orange donuts. This was replaced by a white dress with eyes/holes during late 1992; a black tailored suit from Italy in summer 1997; and pants and/or a Flyers shirt underneath the “Henrietta dress” fall 1997. On a few early occassions (2/21/91 and the Chance 2/91) he wore a Captain Zero outfit, featuring little more than a
Tubbs has performed solo or lead on the following tunes: "I Didn't Know" (written by Nancy Taube); "Love You" (aka Honey Love), "Bike" and "Terrapin" (all three written by the Crazy Diamond himself, Syd Barrett), "Lengthwise" (original on Rift), Cracklin Rosie (Neil Diamond tune), "Big Black Furry Creatures From Mars" (rollicking hard core original), "Touch Me" (Doors tune, with horns), the infamous Prison Joke (from the 4-11-91 Carleton encore), "Kung" (a poem/chant Fish wrote years ago, which makes reference to a fascinating Kalahari hunter/gatherer culture, the !Kung), "If I Only Had a Brain" (from
Phish's drummer (also known for his vacuum and other instruments) is Jon Fishman, also known as Henrietta and many other names. Fishman was voted #11 on the list of Most Intriguing People of 1997 on People's web site. For one reason, check out that greazy physique on this page from the Phish Bill from 10/31/96.
See also, Aaron Kiselka's Jon Fishman site
"It truly is the most unconditional thing ever. She could fucking hang me by my balls and pull out my toenails and I'd still love her ... I mean, if that were my wife, I'd have to divorce her as soon as possible." -- Phish's Jon Fishman on the marvels of fatherhood and his deep, abiding love for his baby daughter, in Relix Dec 2002