Marvin Ash was the professional name used by pianist Marvin E. Ashbaugh (October 4, 1914 - August 21, 1974).Marvin Ash was a remarkable and under-recorded trad jazz style pianist. Born in Lamar, Colorado, the only son to barber Roy Ashbaugh and his wife Nora, Marvin grew up in Junction City, Kansas (reported in the 1920 Census) and Emporia, Kansas, playing with a number of bands beginning in high school. Among the musicians he worked with from there include Wallie Stoeffer, composer Con Conrad, Herman Waldman and Jack Crawford. He was greatly inspired hearing pianist Earl Hines perform in his capacious style on a visit to Abilene in 1931. Ash observed a fortunate encounter one day at Jenkins' Music Store when seated at one of three grand pianos was Joe Sullivan showing his own composition Little Rock Getaway to Thomas Fats Waller and Arthur Schutt, seated at the other two pianos. This inspired Ash to learn to play in a similar style to all three keyboard greats.