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. As a result, "Smitty," was exposed to music at a young age, receiving formal musical training at the age of three.[1] After graduating Waukegan East High School, Smith attended College of Lake County from 1983-85 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.

Smith is often an in-studio guest on The Loose Cannons sports radio program, on Los Angeles' KLAC-AM, often when the Tonight Show is on a vacation break. Marvin Smith is married to Kimberly Brown-Smith of Greensboro, North Carolina.


As leader[edit]

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

As sideman[edit]

With Hamiet Bluiett

  • Ebu (Soul Note, 1984)

With Igor Butman

  • Falling Out (Impromptu, 1993)

With Don Byron

With Steve Coleman and M-Base

With Robin Eubanks

With Art Farmer

With Benny Golson

With Gunter Hampel New York Orchestra

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 David Murray

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 Terence Blanchard & Donald Harrison
  • New York Second Line (The George Wein Collection)


  1. ^ a b "Drummerworld: Marvin Smith". Retrieved 3 September 2006. 
  2. ^ "Berklee Alumni Website". Retrieved 3 September 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Biographies". Retrieved 3 September 2006.