Marvin Smith

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Marvin "Smitty" Smith (born June 24, 1961) is an American jazz drummer and composer.

Marvin Smith was born in Waukegan, Illinois, where his father, Marvin Sr., was a drummer. "Smitty" was exposed to music at a young age, receiving formal musical training at the age of three.[1] After graduating from Waukegan East High School, Smith attended College of Lake County from 1983 to 1985 as a member of their Jazz Ensemble after graduating class of 1981 Berklee,[2] has recorded 200 albums with various artists, as well as two solo albums.[3] He also has toured with Sting, Dave Holland, Sonny Rollins, Willie Nelson and with Steve Coleman.[3] He is a former member of The New York Jazz Quartet,[1] and drummer under fellow Berklee alum and Musical Director Kevin Eubanks, for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from January 30, 1995[3] to the show's end on May 29, 2009 and the start of the second incarnation, The Jay Leno Show, March 1, 2010.


As leader[edit]

  • Keeper of the Drums (Concord Jazz, 1987)
  • The Road Less Traveled (Concord Jazz, 1989)

As sideman[edit]

With Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison

  • New York Second Line (The George Wein Collection)

With Hamiet Bluiett

  • Ebu (Soul Note, 1984)

With Joanne Brackeen

With Igor Butman

  • Falling Out (Impromptu, 1993)

With Donald Byrd

With Don Byron

With Steve Coleman and M-Base

With Larry Coryell

With Ray Drummond

With Robin Eubanks

With Art Farmer

With Frank Foster and Frank Wess

With Benny Golson

With Gunter Hampel New York Orchestra

With John Hicks

With Dave Holland

With Andy Jaffe

With the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet

With Carmen Lundy

  • Jazz & the New Songbook: Live at the Madrid (CD and DVD, Afrasia, 2005)

With Buddy Montgomery

With Ralph Moore

With David Murray

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Joe Newman and Joe Wilder

With Sonny Rollins

  • Sonny Rollins Plays G-Man and Other Music for the Soundtrack of the Robert Mugge Film "Saxophone Colossus" (Milestone, 1987)

With Michel Sardaby

  • Going Places (Sound Hills, 1989)

With Archie Shepp

With Superblue

With Harvie Swartz, Mick Goodrick, and John Abercrombie

  • Arrival (Novus, 1992)

With Gebhard Ullmann, Andreas Willers, and Bob Stewart

  • Suite Noire (Nabel, 1990)

With Bobby Watson


  1. ^ a b "Drummerworld: Marvin Smith". Retrieved 3 September 2006.
  2. ^ "Berklee Alumni Website". Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2006.
  3. ^ a b c "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Biographies". Archived from the original on 6 September 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2006.