Gene Krupa celebrated at centenary concert with Richard Pite on drums

Those of you who have been following Radio 2's series on Gene Krupa will be pleased to learn of an impending Centenary Concert celebrating the great American Jazz drummer, set to take place on Thursday 26 February at Cadogan Hall in London.

This is the only London date to mark the centenary of one of the greatest names in drumming history.

Krupa was the first superstar of the drums - his wild, gum chewing extrovert showmanship and dazzling technique made him a legend of the swing era. Pete Long, (musical director of Ronnie Scott's Big Band) will direct a 16 piece band with guests; singer Joan Viskant and top trumpeter Enrico Tomasso, plus top UK Krupa specialist Richard Pite on drums. Richard can also be heard talking about Krupa's extensive recording career on Radio 3's Jazz Library at 4pm on Saturday 21 February.

For more information on the concert visit

Cadogan Hall is located at:
5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1
Box Office 020 7730 4500
Ticket prices: £26, £22, £18 and £12

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