Tony Marsh was a British jazz drummer who came to prominence with improvisational jazz-rock group Major Surgery.

Marsh is probably best known for his work with Major Surgery who developed their compositions from group improvisations and became a major innovator in this area of jazz.

In the 80s, after Major Surgery disbanded, Marsh recorded and played with Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, Barry Guy, Howard Riley, Harry Beckett, the 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 came to greater prominence in later years via a trio with Evan Parker and John Edwards, when he began using a standing percussion set up with multiple hung cymbals and horizontal bass drums.

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Collection 2 #52

Minutes by Tony Marsh