Gene Krupa

po_Krupa-GeneEugene Bertram “Gene” Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz and big band drummer, bandleader, actor, and composer.

Known for his highly energetic, flamboyant style and for his showmanship, Krupa is considered one of the most influential drummers in jazz history and one the first major soloists on the instrument.