Marc C. Smith - jazz drummer
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Tom Finch Group
Fri. Sept 7, 9pm

Smiley's in Bolinas
... beach ...
Wed. Sept 12, 8 - 10

Iron Springs, Fairfax
One set of standards with the local 'cats'.
Suspects of Soul
Sat. Sept 15 :: 6:30 pm

Good times in Fairfield, maybe too good.
Starduster Orch.
Tues. Sept 18 :: 7:30 pm

Mill Valley Community Center
16 piece big band opens the season with vocalist Sheilah Glover.
Suspects of Soul
Monday. Sept 24 :: 9:00 pm

Empress Lounge, Vallejo
There is a show in the big room, so catch us after that.
Tom Finch Group
Fri. Oct 17, 8 - 10

Iron Springs, Fairfax
120 mins of good times.
North Bay All Stars
Thur. Oct. 25 :: 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.