Bassist Larry Smith holds a Master of Music in Commercial Music Performance from California State University Los Angeles as well as a B.M. in Jazz Studies and B.A. in Music Technology from California State University Stanislaus. Most currently studied under Tim Emmons for electric bass and Steve Wight as my mentor and Thesis advisor.
As a performer, I write, record, and produce my own work under Smittybass: an all bass project where-in the entire sonic soundscape is being created exclusively from my bass. In Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to write, record, and perform with a variety of artists as well as being in the band for Cal State LA's production of Rent. I am the founding member and composer for MAMA (Modesto Area Music Award) nominated band, Wait For Sleep, which has shared the stage with Powerman 5000, Motograter, Lance Lopez and other local acts. I have been in the pit for Modesto Performing Arts productions of South Pacific, Cabaret, and Anything Goes. I have also been recognized with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 2008 and Reno Jazz Festival Outstanding Musicianship Award 2013.
As an educator, I have been recently hired to be the Music Teacher at St. Marys School to revamp their music program as part of their St. Mary's 2.0 Curriculum. During my time in Los Angeles I was the After School Music Instructor for Arts In Action Charter School and was the Graduate Assistant for Ross Levinson and his History of Rock and Pop course. I participated in the Gregori High School lesson program under Dan Bryan as the Jazz Rhythm Section instructor and individual lesson instructor for Bass and Guitar while assisting in the Turlock Jazz Workshop under Dr. Keith Kelly. While being a part of all of these positions I held my own private studio of students I taught as well.
My published work includes my thesis titled, "A Study of The Modern Electric Bass Through Technique, Tone, and Stylistic Interpretation". It is able via ProQuest (1014026) as well the recordings available on my site. As always, I am working with other artists live and in the studio, active creating content that can be found on my Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud channels as well as teaching, session work, mixing, and transcription/arranging services.