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Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa was easily one of the most colorful personalities of the big band era. Despite his outrageous stage persona, Krupa was a serious and disciplined musician whose vision changed the role of drummer forever and who helped standardize the jazz drum kit. Eugene Bertram Krupa was born in Chicago in 1909; he began learning the saxophone at age six but switched to drums five years later because they were the cheapest item in the music store. He played in local dance bands while still in his teens, and in spite of his mother's wishes that he study for the priesthood he decided to become a professional musician. Krupa made his first recording in 1927 as a member of the Chicagoans, with Eddie Condon and Red McKenzie

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit

Read "Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit Matt Brennan 371 Pages ISBN: #978-0-19-068387-0 Oxford University Press 2020 Matt Brennan's Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit is a complex, meticulously researched piece of work that spans several centuries. In the course of over three ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 2

Read "Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this drummer-special [for the first part click here], focusing on power drummers and showing the continuity that connects Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa to Joey Baron and Jim Black, and a special focus on the live performative energy of Kresten Osgood and Makaya McCraven as well as the spiritual jazz of Tommaso Cappellato's ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Krupa's birthday today! Gene Krupa was easily one of the most colorful personalities of the big band era. Despite his outrageous stage persona, Krupa was a serious and disciplined musician whose vision changed the role of drummer forever and who helped standardize the jazz drum kit. Eugene Bertram Krupa was ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

October Birthdays Featuring Art Blakey & Anita O'Day Centennial Salutes

Read "October Birthdays Featuring Art Blakey & Anita O'Day Centennial Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Indeed--October jazz birthdays. This week's show honoring the 90th birthday of Dan Morgenstern, as well as honoring the memory of Lorraine Gordon (who would have been 97 on Oct. 15th). Centennial salutes for Art Blakey, Anita O'Day and Babs Gonzales. Significant others include Zoot Sims, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Illinois Jacquet, Norman Simmons, Roy ...

NEWS: TV / FILM
ARTICLE: RADIO

Freddie Hubbard and Bennie Moten

Read "Freddie Hubbard and Bennie Moten" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Beginning show number 608 with some Latin flair and doing those honors is veteran trombone cat Wayne Wallace with the tune “All The Things You Are" off his latest 2019 CD Rhythm of Invention. From that rousing point, we go into Freddie Hubbard, then Akiko Hamilton Dechter “Moment's Notice" and the great Ben Webster. We profile ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Michael Lauren: Give My Regards To Portugal

Read "Michael Lauren: Give My Regards To Portugal" reviewed by Jim Worsley

From Broadway to jazz to Portugal. A circuitous route for sure. One that has, however, served international musician Michael Lauren well. The now seventy-year- old multi-styled drummer came out of the womb with a kick pedal and has been holding down a symphony of beats ever since. Over the years he has played or recorded with ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Invisible Man: Willis Conover and The Jazz Hour

Read "Invisible Man: Willis Conover and The Jazz Hour" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Willis Conover stood with a cordoned off pool of reporters and photographers, being kept at arms-length from celebrities and dignitaries on the White House lawn. There was no table assigned to him at Bill Clinton's 1993 celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival though Conover had been involved with George Wein's project from ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Swing Era Big Bands (1936 - 1941)

Read "The Swing Era Big Bands (1936 - 1941)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the very dance-oriented swinging music of the Big Bands was the most popular music around. Never had jazz been more central to mass culture. Just over the horizon were the draft of 1940 that eventually conscripted 10 million men, making it increasingly difficult to field top notch bands; war ...


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