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Price: $225.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

GENE KRUPA - JAZZ DRUMMER

Autographed and inscribed 5” x 7” photograph to the bluesman Clyde Robinson.

Krupa (1909-1973) was one of the two top jazz drummers of the 20th Century with Buddy Rich.  Krupa made his first impressions at the age of 18 in 1927 performing on records with Eddie Condon’s Chicagoans.  By 1934 he joined Benny Goodman’s Band which cemented his reputation as one of the finest in the land.  Krupa made his legendary recording with Goodman of “Sing, Sing, Sing With A Swing” in July, 1937 which to this day remains one of the top Swing Era hits, not to mention jazz hits of all time. The song would remain with him the rest of his career.  In 1938, Krupa left to form his own big band.  Everything was going well until he was arrested in 1943 for drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  The charges were eventually dropped, however, it took a toll on his reputation none-the-less and was forced to return to Goodman and his big band.  After a few months, he set out on his own again, this time with the change in tastes, with smaller combos he worked with throughout the rest of his life.

As an innovator in jazz percussion, Krupa was a leader in the field of drum kits.  He signed on as the name brand for Slingerland Drum Company where they offered numerous products he endorsed, as well as the Zildjian Company for cymbals.

Krupa also appeared in several films between 1936 and 1960 including both the Glenn Miller Story in 1954 and the Benny Goodman Story in 1956.  In 1959 they made the Gene Krupa Story as well.  Generally he preferred as few lines as possible and let his musicianship speak, often with interesting shots and angles.

A barely visible crease that can only be really seen on the verso, else fine.