The Krupa Connection

The Krupa Connection recreates the sounds of the Gene Krupa Trio from the 1940's through to the 1970's. The trio first played on a mid-1940s recording session, with Charlie Ventura and Marty Napoleon, and over the next 30 years featured such greats as Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson and Benny Carter.
The three musicians in the Krupa Connection are Alan Haughton, virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger and member of the late Terry Lightfoot’s Band among many others; Richard Exall, dazzling exponent of the clarinet and saxophone, arranger and member of the Big Chris Barber Band and leader of his own Shooting Stars band; and John Watson, drummer, percussionist, raconteur and member of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, the Duncan Galloway Quintet, etc.
The reincarnation of this musical style came about when John and Richard met to discuss unrelated subjects. John mentioned his interest in the music of the Krupa trio and similar small groups and found Richard to be not only familiar with the music but keen to form a band to play it. Soon after Alan was easily persuaded to take the piano chair. The first gig was a resounding success with the trio sounding marvellous and John’s humorous repartee amusing the enthusiastic audience. A successful recording session followed and the CD is now available.


The Krupa Connection play The Gosta Green at 12:30pm and The Lord Clifden at 7:30pm on Saturday 13th