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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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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Matthew Shipp: A Dozen Essential Albums

Read "Matthew Shipp: A Dozen Essential Albums" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


While he was still in his fifties, some pundits were hailing Matthew Shipp as the “elder statesman" of avant-garde jazz piano. The sentiment, if not the Stonehenge-like title, was spot on. The jny: Wilmington, Delaware native grew up in jazz, with trumpeter Clifford Brown being a family friend. Shipp began studying piano at age 6 and ...

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Horizons Quartet

Label: PM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sprialing; The Blade's Proposition; Marionettes; Benediction of the Moon; Billows; Get the Point; Gaia's Blessing; Kindling of the Phoenix.

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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: Album Review

Horizons Quartet: Horizons Quartet

Read "Horizons Quartet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Quite often it's not so much the music itself that compels you to sit and listen but the feeling the music stirs within. You begin to recall moments from the past that have made you feel of a certain place and time when things were just a bit more either out there or, as in the ...

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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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