Marvin “Smitty” Smith (born June 24, 1961) is an American jazz drummer and composer.
Marvin was born in Waukegan, Illinois, where his father, Marvin Sr., was a drummer. As a result, “Smitty,” as he is called by bandmates, was exposed to drumming at a young age, receiving formal musical training at the age of three.
Smith, an alumnus of Berklee, has recorded more than 300 albums with various artists, as well as two solo albums.
He also has toured with Sting, Dave Holland, Sonny Rollins, Willie Nelson and with Steve Coleman. He is a former member of The New York Jazz Quartet, and is in a band with Kevin Eubanks, fellow Berklee alum and previous Tonight Show musical director.
Smith was the drummer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from January 30th, 1995 to the show’s end on May 29th, 2009, and the start of the second incarnation starting March 1, 2010. He was also the drummer during the entire run of The Jay Leno Show.
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.