The Pete Siers Trio: A Tribute To Big Bandleader Gene Krupa

Saturday January 4, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Travel back in time to the Big Band era with this musical tribute!

Chicago-born drummer Gene Krupa was a musical giant of the Swing Era, famous for his highly energetic and flamboyant style. Remembered as the dynamo behind Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing”, he also attracted much attention when he magnified the impact of his own orchestra by featuring jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge and singer Anita O’Day. Krupa was the first drummer inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame and has been called one of the most influential drummers in history.

Percussionist Pete Siers, clarinetist Dave Bennett and pianist Tad Weed pay tribute to this famous drummer and bandleader. Pete Siers’ extraordinary command of the drum kit is the result of a lifelong devotion to Krupa and drummers from all over the traditional spectrum. Dave Bennett is a master of the clarinet and his virtuosity is downright jaw-dropping. Tad Weed’s creative dexterity is breathtaking and he is a monstrously adept improviser.