RIP Tony Marsh


Tony Marsh
Photo credit:Scott McMillan

In sadness. Oliver Weindling's blog is reporting the death from cancer yesterday of the ever-inventive drummer Tony Marsh. RIP.

Oliver Weindling writes: "What a great man! He was a person who belied his age, playing through to his last weeks. Just recently playing with Roscoe Mitchell (reviewed HERE). He had what I would call a beautiful rolling style, with elegance and intensity. His great trio with Evan Parker and John Edwards sadly never recorded. It was a privilege to hear them every month. Next week's gig on 19th was supposed to be this trio. It'll be quite a night."

Geoff Winston writes: "Whenever I saw Tony Marsh play he was, without fail, creative, constructive, versatile and a consummate technician – not a hint of ill health (to the public) - and, one could gather just by watching, a quiet perfectionist – even though he could make a racket if the situation demanded! One of the anchors and true leading lights of the London jazz and improv scene – those who played with him and those who came to hear him play will sense the void, but will treasure his legacy."

Tony Marsh biography/ discography

UPDATE 25th APRIL: LINK TO JOHN FORDHAM'S OBITUARY
 

THERE ARE DUE TO BE MEMORIAL GIGS AT BOTH THE VORTEX AND CAFE OTO

12 comments:

  1. Tony was a lovely man, always with time to talk when approached at gigs, unshowily knowledgeable on a range of subjects & possessed of a wry, often impish sense of humour. He's also a great loss on a musical level: few drummers have his wonderful touch, a sensitivity to the subtlest nuances of texture and dynamics, his ability to fit into a group sound with so little outward fuss and display. He'll be much missed.

    Chris Parker

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  2. Really sad news. A great drummer with a beautiful sense of music. He will be very missed.

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  3. Chris Parker says it so well. Tony had a unique drumming style, I always thought more funky than swinging, which I and many others found excitingly attractive. I hope that there are some recordings with Evan and John which will be released. Although they played together for many years, I'm ashamed to say I never saw them as a trio. I was only thinking the other day that I should make the effort, and now, alas, it is too late. A very friendly man and wonderful musician, he will be sorely missed.

    Andy Isham

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  4. It Saddens me to learn of the death of Tony Marsh, a great musician and a man I have only recently befriended! RIP.
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  5. In 1972 in Edinburgh drummer Bill Kyle (today the owner of The Jazz Bar) convened a meeting with pianist Jack Finlay, bassist Ian Croal and myself to discuss setting up the first-ever Scottish organisation to arrange conerts and tours by leading London-based and local jazz groups. Platform's debut project was a mini-tour by cutting-edge fusion group Major Surgery comprising Don Weller (tenor sax), Jimmy Roche (guitar), Bruce Colcutt (el.bass) and Tony Marsh (drums. They were magnificent with ingenious tunes, catchy riffs, sly time-changes and infectious rhythms, all propelled by the brilliant drumming of Tony Marsh. After moving to London the following year to work for the Jazz Centre Society I used to hear Major Surgery regularly at The Plough, Stockwell, and never ceased to be amazed by Tony's creative playing and his team-player approach to music-making. A lovely man and a great musician!

    Charles Alexander

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    1. Do you mean the Dog And Bull Croyden? Where Major Surgery had a sunday evening residency. Around this time Stan Tracy had a Saturday residency at the Plough, with John Stevens on drums. However Major Surgery played once down the road at the Swan

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  6. I had the privilege to hear, meet and talk to soulful Tony in several occasion while in London. Wow!

    Let's celebrate life while we are alive.

    With compassion,

    Francois Carrier

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  7. Chris Francis14 April 2012 12:20

    Many years ago Tony played with my band Naima on a tour of Holland. His wonderful playing, dry sense of humour and fortitude through temperatures down to minus 25C were a great source of inspiration to us all. I will always treasure my memories of this great percussionist with one of the most distinctive approachs in the history of jazz.

    Chris Francis

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  8. I never met Tony even though he was my cousin - our fathers were brothers. During the last few years we spoke on the telephone and we swapped letters and some photographs. I know he was a lovely man and he was kind enough to keep in touch and I am so sad we never got to meet in person. I was amazed to see how like Uncle Fred he was, so I did feel like I knew him in a way.
    I send my heartfelt sympathy to Jane, Lizzie and all the family.

    RIP Tony. x

    Kind regards

    Alice Gibbons nee' Marsh.

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  9. there only ever was one TONY MARSH alovely guy and what a great musician IRREPLACABLE It was nice to have known him GUS

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  10. The first avant garde jzaa gig i ever saw was Peter Brotzmann, John Edwards and Tony Marsh. I was converted to that genere of music that night and have not looked back ever since. I remember Tony's facial expressions as he played - that of a man truly immersed in enjoying what he was doing.

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  11. I was really sad to here about Tony. I am glad to have worked with him so much over the years with Harry B and just getting together for a play.He always took you on a incredible musical journey, a true improviser . His sound he produced on kit was unique , and really let a bass breath with his great interaction .On top of all this he was a smashing guy . Fred t Baker.

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