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
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Jazz singer Alexis Cole's career has been anything but conventional. She's done residencies in far-flung places like Ecuador, India, and Japan. She fronted the Army's big band for several years as a soldier herself. And now she's a faculty member in the jazz program at SUNY Purchase. With a dozen critically acclaimed albums under her belt, ...
Sonny Fortune and Azar Lawrence Jimmy Mak'sPDX Jazz FestivalPortland, OR February 18-19, 2016 Any American burg that aspires to great city" status has got to have a solid jazz scene. Sorry, but hipster hat shops, artisanal juiceries, and $6 coffee from beans grown on sustainable farms in Africa and Latin ...
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