Tag Archives: Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa – Not Bad for a Young Upstart

SKF NOTE: I wrote this column. It appeared originally in the Piscataquis Observer newspaper, May 31, 2019. Since I am no longer employed at the Maine State House (1989 – 2012), I haven’t tried this experiment. But every now and … Continue reading

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Musical Trio Drumming of Gene Krupa in 1945

SKF NOTE: I love Gene Krupa’s playing in all settings, but I hold a special place in my heart for his small group drumming. Here’s a familiar swing era tune, “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” with very musical playing by Krupa … Continue reading

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The Day Krupa Fired Gerry Mulligan

SKF NOTE: Gerry Mulligan wrote some great arrangements for Gene Krupa’s big band. Lemon Drop and Leave Us Leap come first to mind. I never met Mr. Mulligan, but from many accounts I’ve read, in addition to his talent as … Continue reading

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Gene Krupa’s Wisdom for the Ages Pt. 2

SKF NOTE: Recently I posted a quote from Gene Krupa in which he tells us some of what he learned about drumming from Baby Dodds and other older drummers. He’s more from Krupa on the same topic. Thank you writer … Continue reading

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’72 All-Star Swing Festival: Great Drummers Throughout

SKF NOTE: I just came across this 1972 Timex All-Star Swing Festival with great drummers throughout. Harold Jones with Count Basie, Rufus “Speedy” Jones with Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa with Benny Goodman Quartet, Alan Dawson with Dave Brubeck, Bobby Durham … Continue reading

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