Trombonist/vocalist/composer, Marc Smason learned to sing as a child in Texas and studied classical trombone in Seattle and Los Angeles with Stu Dempster, Julian Priester, Ken Cloud & Slide Hampton. Voice with Jay Clayton (jazz), Yo Jin Chong (Korean) & Ki Wasitodipuro (Javanese). B.F.A. - California Institute of the Arts and a member of International Federation of Musicians - local 76-493. Marc has taught private lessons and workshops throughout his career. He has performed around the world with such luminaries as the Funk Brothers, Benny Green, Baby Gramps, Andy Statman, Big Joe Turner, Perry Robinson, Sam Shepard, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Jeff Johnson and the Ivar's clams. His playing encompasses many styles including jazz, latin, klezmer and R&B.
Smason sounds like the kind of horn player who could walk into any date and acquit himself with distinction. That mastery goes beyond the surface; he seems to have a feel for many styles... —David Dupont, Cadence
Smason’s vocals...are at once dry and emotional, lending
a fresh, believable quality. —Mike Dennis, Earshot
And you can hear Smason’s Sinatra-like crooning... —Roberta Penn, The Rocket
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
BFA - Music Cal-Arts Valencia, CA
Private students & leading school ensembles/workshops.