b. 18 January 1954, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, d. 16 June 2009, Austin, Texas, USA. From her base in Austin, Texas, Tina Marsh was frequently associated with a contemporary big band, the 13-piece Creative Opportunity Orchestra (also known as CO2), which was formed in 1979. In addition to singing with the band, she also composed original material and was responsible for many of their adventurous arrangements. CO2 were known for their eclecticism and, as such, provoked strong feelings from different camps of jazz. Marsh recorded a more mainstream album in 2006 featuring cover versions of material by Leonard Cohen and Sting. In the mid 90s Marsh was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, which returned late the following decade. The disease took her life in June 2009; Tina Marsh was 55 years old.