Marc C. Smith - jazz drummer
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GIGS!
Starduster Orch.
Tues. Feb. 20 :: 7:30

Mill Valley Community Center
Swing, dance, home for the nightly news.

Suspects of Soul
Wed. Feb. 28 :: 6:30

Empress Theatre Lounge
You're time to chill in the lounge. Nice 'n easy.

Suspects of Soul
Sat. Mar. 10 :: 6:30

Sticky Rice Bistro
Always a good gathering for friends of the Suspects.

Starduster Orch.
Tues. Mar. 20 :: 7:30

Mill Valley Community Center
SPRING IS HERE!

Suspects of Soul
Fri. Mar. 23 :: 8:30

Impulse Room, Walnut Creek
Lounge, to code.

Westside Jazz Club
Sat. Mar. 31 :: 5 - 8

The Revolution Cafe
Jazz in the SF Mission on a spring afternoon.

North Bay All Stars
Tues. April. 24 :: 6 pm

Red Brick - Petaluma
Live jazz in Petaluma!

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.