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Gene Perla

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Gene Perla grew up in northeastern New Jersey attending public school grades 1-12. After one year of post graduate study at New York Military Academy he entered the University of Toledo majoring in civil engineering and business. He then attended Berklee School of Music and Boston Conservatory before heading to New York City. At age five Gene’s musical studies began with classical piano. Upon entering high school he was given a trombone which he played for five years culminating in marching on Fifth Avenue in New York City as part of the Memorial Day Parade. During high school he became aware of jazz and was thrilled to attend the first New York performance of Ted Heath’s big band at Carnegie Hall

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Yes, No, Next

Label: Corinne Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Blue Skies; Painter Song; Lovesong; Smile/Put On A Happy Face; In Need Of A Good Night's Sleep; Music Of The NIght; This & That; The Best Is Yet To Come.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Album Review

Corinne Mammana: Yes, No, Next

Read "Yes, No, Next" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist Corinne Mammana follows her 2016 EP Under An August Moon (CD Baby) with her full-length debut, Yes, No, Next. Blending the tried-and-true (Irving Berlin's “Blue Skies" taken straight ahead) with the downright inventive (The Cure's “Lovesong" rendered as a smooth samba), Mammana demonstrates a dense and fearless creative mettle not frequently equalled by her peers. ...

Album

Yes, No, Next

Label: Corinne Mammana
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blue Skies, Painter Song, Lovesong, Smile/Put on a Happy Face, In Need of a Good Night’s Sleep, Music of the Night, This & That, Yes No Next, The Best is Yet to Come

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Article: The Jazz Life

My First Visit to China

Read "My First Visit to China" reviewed by Gene Perla


It all started with Dome. That's drummer Adam Nussbaum. Decades had gone by without the opportunity to musically connect with him, but then Dave Liebman and I decided to put together a quartet called New Light. In 2014, along with saxophonist Adam Niewood, we hit three NYC area jazz clubs followed by a concert at Clarke ...

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Article: Interview

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1

Read "Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Part 1 | Part 2 Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as ...

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Article: Album Review

Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto

Read "Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Laurie Pepper, widow of alto saxophonist Art Pepper, achieved a life milestone in her brilliantly liberating sequel to Straight Life--The Story Of Art Pepper By Art And Laurie Pepper (Da Capo Press, 1983), where she rhetorically asked: “If Art hadn't had me there constantly assessing his mood, taking his aesthetic temperature, would he then ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Feinberg: Whatever Possessed Me

Read "Whatever Possessed Me" reviewed by Don Phipps


Tribute bands are glowingly appreciated by fans of great rock acts; perhaps it's time jazz fans got with it! Michael Feinberg's Whatever Possessed Me is a dedication to the works and sound of John Coltrane and his classic quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. The performances on this album are so good, one ...

Album

Out Of The Gate

Label: P M Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: R U Celebral; Four On The Floor; Miss T; Korinna; Round Town; Sandy's Dance; Swissterday; Spring Rain; Sweet Mama; Taking A Good Long Look


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