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November 23, 2011


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Merwin Smith

He toured Japan with the Gene Krupa Trio in 1952 during the Korean War. Krupa, Napoleon, and Charlie Ventura (who wowed them with a set on a bass sax). They did a concert at the Ernie Pyle Theater in Tokyo. I interviewed them in their dressing room for broadcast on Far East Network Tokyo. We recorded the concert and played selections on my Time for Jazz broadcast. I was with the Far East Network in Tokyo. Great memories.


Thanks, Mr. Smith. I envy you 'cause you've met and have seen the great drummin' man in action. Great memories indeed.

"Leave Us Leap" is so hot, the right sound for November. Will post it @ my blog, linked to this article.

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