The Statesman reports that on Tuesday evening, one of the matriarchs of the local jazz scene, Tina Marsh, passed away at her home after long battle with cancer. She was 55. Marsh founded the Creative Opportunity Orchestra in 1980, which served as an outlet for and helped launch the careers of a number of local artists. CO2 was renowned for its progressive musical compositions, melding contemporary avant sensibilities with a traditional jazz grounding that emphasized improvisation and originality, and producing shows that were transcendent and spiritual affairs. CreOp Records was established to record the group’s music and release many of the side projects that it spawned, and Marsh has also arranged music for choreographer Sally Jacques and created the popular multi-cultural holiday celebration “Circle of Light.”
Below is a video of Marsh performing this past March with the Tosca String Quartet for the Golden Hornet Project’s 10th Anniversary, with a nice introduction by Graham Reynolds.