Marc C. Smith - jazz drummer
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GIGS!
Westside Jazz Club
Sat. 9/30, 5-8

The Revolution Cafe, SF
Turn a phrase, only differently than you did last time.

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.

Starduster Orch.
Tues. 10/17, 7:30

Mill Valley Community Center
The Fall Dance!

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

Markham Vineyards - Harvest Dinner
Always good seeing these kind folks.

Barry Finnerty Group
Sun. 10/22, daytime - -

Silicon Valley Jazz Festival, San Carlos
Performing Barry's tunes in the park. Good times, for sure.

Westside Jazz Club
Sat. 10/28, 5-8

The Revolution Cafe, SF
Again, good times in the Mission.

Suspects of Soul
Fri. 11/10, 8pm

The Impulse Room
A killer jazz room in Walnut Creek.

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.