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.
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