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Gene Krupa

The first drummer to be a superstar, Gene Krupa may not have been the most advanced drummer of the 1930s but he was in some ways the most significant. Prior to Krupa, drum solos were a real rarity and the drums were thought of as a merely supportive instrument. With his good looks and colorful playing, he became a matinee idol and changed the image of drummers forever.

Gene Krupa made history with his first record. For a session in 1927 with the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans, he became the first musician to use a full drum set on records. He was part of the Chicago jazz scene of the 1920s before moving to New York and worked in the studios during the early years of the Depression. In December 1934 he joined Benny Goodman's new orchestra and for the next three years he was an important part of Goodman's pacesetting big band. Krupa, whose use of the bass drum was never too subtle, starred with the Goodman Trio and Quartet, and his lengthy drum feature "Sing, Sing, Sing" in 1937 was historic. After he nearly stole the show at Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, Krupa and Goodman had a personality conflict and the former soon departed to form his own orchestra. It took the drummer a while to realize with his band that drum solos were not required on every song! Such fine players as Vido Musso, Milt Raskin, Floyd O'Brien, Sam Donahue, Shorty Sherock, and the excellent singer Irene Daye were assets to the Krupa Orchestra and "Drum Boogie" was a popular number but it was not until 1941 when he had Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge that Krupa's big band really took off. Among his hits from 1941-1942 were "Let Me Off Uptown," "After You've Gone," "Rockin' Chair" and "Thanks for the Boogie Ride." Krupa made several film appearances during this period, including a very prominent featured spot in the opening half-hour of the Howard Hawks comedy Ball of Fire, performing an extended version of "Drum Boogie" (with Roy Eldridge also featured), and William Dieterle's faux jazz history, Syncopation. Unfortunately, Krupa was arrested on a trumped-up drug charge in 1943, resulting in bad publicity, a short jail sentence, and the breakup of his orchestra.

In September 1943 he had an emotional reunion with Benny Goodman (who happily welcomed him back to the music world). Krupa also worked briefly with Tommy Dorsey before putting together another big band in them middle of 1944, this one with a string section. The strings only lasted a short time but he was able to keep the group working into 1951. Tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura and pianist Teddy Napoleon had a trio hit in "Dark Eyes" (1945), Anita O'Day returned for a time in 1945 (scoring with "Opus No. 1") and, although his own style was unchanged (being a Dixieland drummer at heart), Krupa was one of the first swing big bandleaders to welcome the influence of bebop into his group's arrangements, some of which were written by Gerry Mulligan (most notably "Disc Jockey Jump"). Among the soloists in the second Krupa Orchestra were Don Fagerquist, Red Rodney, Ventura, altoist Charlie Kennedy, tenorman Buddy Wise, and in 1949 Roy Eldridge.

After breaking up his band in 1951, Krupa generally worked with trios or quartets (including such sidemen as Ventura, Napoleon, Eddie Shu, Bobby Scott, Dave McKenna, Eddie Wasserman, Ronnie Ball, Dave Frishberg, and John Bunch), toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic, ran a drum school with Cozy Cole and had occasional reunions with Benny Goodman. In 1959, Columbia Pictures released The Gene Krupa Story, a biographical drama based on Krupa's life starring Sal Mineo in the title role and Red Nichols in a supporting part. Gradually worsening health in the '60s resulted in him becoming semi-retired but Krupa remained a major name up until his death. Ironically his final recording was led by the same person who headed his first appearance on records, Eddie Condon. Gene Krupa's pre-war big-band records are gradually being released by the Classics label. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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hey studioarts give the drummer a chance!!
gerardosanti a g o 3
Gene was and will always be my favorite drummer; big band & small group drummer and band leader. Saw him many times; met him at the Metropole, asked me if I wanted an autograph, I told him I just wanted to shake his hand. Last time I saw him was July 4, 1973 in Queens, N.Y.; next morning my son was born. Saw one of my favorite jazz people for the last time, and my son for the first time. Have all his records (78's, 45's,EP's, Lp's & CD's; also DVD's. God Bless you Gene.
It violates Gene Krupa's God given sacred unique individualit y to compare him to anyone else.He is the greatest boogie woogie drummer that has ever been.The esoteric greatness of Buddy Rich cannot compare to the popular appeal of Krupa's easily understood simplicity.
studioarts
Someone should mention how good his bands were. his drumming aside.
had only we known...
Met him in Chicago just after watching The Gene Krupa Quartet. Such a nice man &friendly!
Love this so much
Well I think Gene Krupa was very advanced as a drummer of the 1930s. If you would look at the great company he kept, like Buddy Rich! You just can't unring that bell.
brazzcom
You missed mentioning one his most important recordings with Bud(dy?) Rich
dmac333100 I pattern all my drumming after Gene Krupa's. His syncopated stye and rim shots are awesome.
An incredible influence to my musical tastes and drum playing!!
Turns out I'm another gene krupa lost cousin.
levyaahron
I had the pleasure and opportunity to meet Gene and get to know him (a little). He was a pleasure to sit and talk to. My love of drums began with the first time I listened to Sing,Sing,Si n g . My drumming never approached his quality or dedication. Gene always practiced. He would go out into the woods behind his house and practice for hours-daily. What
If only recording technology was better back then...
I wish Gene could have stuck around longer and recorded more in his later years so that the full sound of his drumming could be appreciated; the old 30's and 40's stuff just doesn't do it justice. I love the Rich/Krupa Drum Battle; 2 of the best and most entertaining drummers ever. So different in style and technique yet so respectful of each other's talent.
I have been playing drums for over 40 years - and Gene had a part in my style of drumming. I enjoyed listening to his free flowing driving beat and of course his verbal grunts and moans - To me he and Keith Moon had alot in common - Thank you Gene -
hfmcgrail
Gene Krupa was family...he and my grandmother were first cousins and very close in their younger days.
blwhit2
Gene Krupa was the greatest drummer that ever lived. I studied under him for several years before his deatth I have several of his recordings. Do you have any of his records?
I met Gene at the Metropole Cafe in midtown..He was on the same bill as Cozy Cole, at the time I Was taking lessons from Cozy in between sets. Upstairs on the third floor.Otherw i s e at the school with Gene. I true gentlemen, and between him and
Cozy on the bill.. Good teaching. and great music. Both left us to early.. They must have some group up there now.

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