GENE KRUPA: Home Movies, Newsreels and TV
On January 16, 1968, Benny Goodman hosted a party at his New York apartment, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the famed Carnegie Hall Concert. Among the guests--who also played together in an impromtu jam session--were Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Ruby Braff, Jess Stacey, and of course, Benny. While audios of the session were known to exist, a filmed record of the event has remained nothing but a rumor. Well...here it is. This was either filmed by a guest, or more likely, by CBS news, as they did an item on the party on their 11:00 new show. "Avalon" is performed in its entirety, while the other tunes are just snippets, and include "Body and Soul," "Avalon" and "I Would Do Anything for You." The 1943 clip is the first we've seen of Gene with the Goodman band, with the sound and picture actually synched-up. This comes from a "March of Time" newsreel called "America's Music." Along the way, you'll also see rare footage of Dave Tough, Art Tatum and various others. Finally, the 1966 "Anatomy of Pop" telelvision special gave us the only photographic glimpse of Gene at The Metropole in New York. Here's about 10 minutes of the program, highlighted by the entire clip of Gene. As a bonus on this DVD, we've included a very rare promo/documentary, produced by the Zildjian Cymbal company 16 years ago. This film tells of Zildjian's history, its product and continuing commitment to excellence. There are some neat clips throughout of the late and great Armand Zildjian, the legendary Lennie DiMuzio, Tony Williams, Louis Bellson, Omar Hakim, and various still photos of Buddy and Gene.

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