Gene Krupa
Born: 1909

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… Continue

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