Tony Marsh RIP

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Jazz drummer Tony Marsh died from cancer yesterday, on 9 April.

Marsh had been performing until very recently, including a two night residency at London's Cafe Oto with Roscoe Mitchell and John Edwards on 9 and 10 March. In the coming months he was due to play with Mark Sanders at Freedom Of The City in May, and with John Edwards at Evan Parker's free improvisation residency at The Vortex.

Marsh first became known in the 1970s with jazz rock improvisors Major Surgery, which lasted until 1979, after which he taught percussion and played in Soho.

From the 80s onwards Marsh recorded and played with Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, Barry Guy, Howard Riley, Harry Beckett, improvising quartet the Full Monte, Mike Westbrook, John Edwards, Paul Dunmall, The London Improvisers Orchestra, Roscoe Mitchell, Frode Gerstadt and others, as well as the 7RPM trio with Simon Picard and Paul Rogers.

Marsh had come to greater prominence in recent years via his regular trio with Evan Parker and John Edwards, and as noted by John Coxon, had recently been using a standing percussion set up with multiple hung cymbals and horizontal bass drums.

A more detailed biography and discography of Tony Marsh can be found here. Thanks to London Jazz and Oliver Weindling's blog.

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