Tina Marsh, Austin’s avant-jazz leader, gravely ill

The founder of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, a musicans' cooperative of composer-improvisers on the model of Chicago's AACM, is suffering late stage breast cancer. Beautiful Tina Marsh, age 55, whose disease was successfully treated in the '90s but recurred in 2008, is resting in a private home, with friends close by.A pure-voiced vocalist who employs extended techniques in dramatic interpretations of songs such as Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" with brilliant control for deep affect but who has also conducted a wild 'n' wooly ensemble … [Read more...]