Welcome to The Smart Fellers website! Please have a look around.
The Smart Fellers' repertoire is made up of some of the more obscure small combo songs of the 1930's and 40's. They draw their influences from the hits of Louis Jordan, The Nat King Cole Trio and Cab Calloway among others. More modern songs will pop up, too. They've been known to play songs such as Low Rider by War and Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. All in the appropriate old time swing sound of course.
The band consists of:
Mark Larson, guitar and vocals
Alan K. Parks, upright bass
Bonnie Otto, piano
JB Duff, drums
David Johnson, cornet, trombone and alto horn
Otis Mourning, saxes and clarinet
The Smart Fellers can operate as a trio of guitar, bass and piano, or add players up to the full six piece band. Check out our Audio page for some examples.
The Smart Fellers have performed at many venues around California including:
The Napa Town & Country Fair
La Condesa Restaurant in St Helena, CA
The Napa Downtown Chef's Market
The Angwin Community Car Show
The Harvest Festival in Pomona, CA
Together, The Smart Fellers have a driving swing beat that is perfect for dancing. Jazz as played in the early part of the last century was the popular music for dancing and having a good time, and the Smart Fellers hold true to that tradition.