Drums, bandleader. Italian drummer Gil Cuppini established himself during the '40s. He played and recorded with a swing group in 1947, then joined Hazy Osterwald's band in 1949. During the first Paris Jazz Fair he accompanied Armando Trovajoli and Kramer Gorni. During the '50s, he twice performed and recorded with Nunzio Rotondo; Cuppini also joined a sextet co-led by Gianni Basso and Oscar Valdambrini and also played with and provided compositions and arrangements for small groups and orchestras that he led. He visited America in 1958 with The International Youth Band, then later perfomed with Teddy Wilson and Arvell Shaw in Brussels. Cuppini broadcast a series of concerts on RAI in the early '60s, then made several albums with Joe Venuti in the early '70s. After that, Cuppini worked in a rhythm section with Franco D'Andrea and Giorgio Azzolini that backed several American and European musicians.