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Krupa, Genelocked

(15 January 1909–16 October 1973)
  • Barry Kernfeld


Krupa, Gene (15 January 1909–16 October 1973), jazz drummer and bandleader, was born Eugene Bertram Krupa in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Bartley Krupa, an alderman, and Ann Oslowska, a milliner. Krupa attended St. Bridget’s and Immaculate Conception parochial schools. He studied alto saxophone (or by another account, piano) from about age nine but soon switched to drums. From about age eleven he helped his older brother at the Brown Music Company and demonstrated a fine memory for the recordings that he heard there....

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