Marc C. Smith - jazz drummer
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GIGS!
Suspects of Soul
Fri. 8/18, 8pm

The Impulse Room
The killer new jazz room in Walnut Creek! Good times!!

Suspects of Soul
Sat. 8/19, 2pm

Freemark Abby
Amazing setting, amazing wine, amazing friends.

Suspects of Soul
Sat. 8/26, 6pm

STICKY RICE
Back at The Rice! Excellent times!

JAZZITUDE!
Thu. 8/31, 8:30 at night

No Name Bar, Sausalito
Andius, Frank, Steve and I will present.

Starduster Orch.
Tues. 9/19, 7:30

Mill Valley Community Center
We'll need a new drum feature this season. What say you?

Suspects of Soul
Sat. 9/23, 2pm

Napa Smith Brewery
One word, Uber.

Tom Finch Trio
Wed. 10/11, 8pm

Iron Springs, Fairfax!
Super family vibe, home early with a smile.

Miles Ahead Group
Sun. 10/15, 8 o'clock!

19 Broadway, Fairfax
Stay crazy! Click here for vids.

Suspects of Soul
Sat. 10/21, 6 - 9

Markham Vineyards - Harvest Dinner
Always, a good time.

Who, What, Where (the short story)
Dr. Morris Lawrence, Afro-musicologist and music director at WCC, not only gave me my first college level teaching gig in ’82, he allowed me to play behind his big band that at times would reach 30+ musicians. For three great years, he helped me when he didn't have to at just the right time for me.
Ann Arbor gave me access to a good public school system, and university students dedicated to teaching properly the theory and methods they had not too long ago learned themselves.
Pioneer High marching band and Community High Jazz Ensembles convinced me I'd found my gold.
Berklee College of Music, Boston
We hung out for two years listening to Colaiuta, Weckl, Gadd and studying with Skip Hadden, Tommy Cambell, Ed Uribe, Gary Chaffee and more. This was a time when we'd gather at Jonathan Swift's to cheer Tony Williams like our school pride was at stake. It was, and none was lost on our watch.
Nineteen hundred eighty, Denton, TX.
My college training began at NTSU under Robert Schietroma, Ron Fink and their graduate student teachers. NTSU is a school known as a big band recruiting ground for the likes of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson.