Marvin Smitty Smith, Born June 24, 1961 in Waukegan (Illinois). It was a very natural inclination for me to play drums, says Marvin Smitty Smith. A glance at his early life validates that truth. Born the son of a drummer, Marvin, Sr., was always surrounded by music in the house.
At six months old, he would climb up on the large lounge chair positioned directly in front of his father's drum set and would watch him practice, intensely. Whenever his father took a break, he would crawl over and press the foot pedals and attempt to emulate his dad. That experience, and banging on pots and pans, was the extent of his playing until he began formal training at the age of three.
As important as his versatility, swing, and ability to interpret
and interact, is the actual sound or timbre of his drums--
Smitty has a true, resonant, musical quality that continues the
lineage of Dodds, Catlett, Clarke, Roach and the Joneses
(Elvin and Philly Joe). --Peter Leitch