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 his mentor and Thesis advisor.
As a performer, Larry writes, records, and produces his own work under Smittybass: an all bass project where-in the entire sonic soundscape is being created exclusively from his bass. Most recently Smith has been part of a duo that collaborates on a video project covering influential Progressive Rock songs with various colleagues from across the country. His role includes arranging music, mixing, video editing and organization of all projects in addition to playing bass. In Los Angeles, he had the opportunity to write, record, and perform with a variety of artists as a session musician. Larry is 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. He has been in the pit for a variety of musical theatre productions of Rent, South Pacific, Cabaret, and Anything Goes on electric and upright bass. He has also been recognized with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 2008 and Reno Jazz Festival Outstanding Musicianship Award 2013.
As an educator, Larry's most recent position was at St Mary’s School as Director of Music and teacher for grades 5-12. He was tasked with revamping the music program as a whole including but not limited to class development, curriculum, culture and community, and performance opportunities as part of St Mary’s 2.0. One innovative approach taken was to develop classes that fit the needs and wants of the students and the ever changing world and world of music. Some of the classes that fit this criteria include: Modern Band, Guitar, Ukulele, Recording and Electronic Music, Songwriting, STEAM, and other special topics in music.
Larry has been fortunate enough to have taught in a variety of capacities as a graduate assistant for a History of Pop and Rock course, an after school music teacher at an arts focused charter school, rhythm section clinician, and his own private studio lessons.
Smith's published work includes his 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. Larry is always working with other artists live and in the studio, active creating content that can be found on his Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud channels as well as teaching, session work, mixing, and transcription/arranging services.