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Gearhead: How Gene Krupa Kicked the Drum Kit into the Jazz Age

The legend took the drum kit from "contraption" to classic

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Gene Krupa at the 400 Restaurant in New York, June 1946. (photo: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress)

Legendary Buzz

The new RS BerkeleyJackie McLean Legends Series Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece, developed in collaboration with McLean’s son and fellow sax player Rene, is designed to be an exact replica of the model that the elder McLean used on so many groundbreaking recordings. Features include a .077″ tip opening, bronze construction, and a natural finish. Like other products in Berkley’s Legends series, it’s made in the U.S.A.

$490 MSRP   rsberkeley.com 

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.