Gene Perla

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10/22/10    Education

Fragmentation without Representation: The Triumvirate...And Then Some, Part 1

Gene Perla on Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman

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About Gene Perla


At age five Gene Perla began classical piano. While studying engineering & business he heard pianist Bill Evans, prompting his return to music. At 24, upon hearing Charlie Haden, he switched to bass. His first major gig was the Willie Bobo Sextet, which included “Patato,” the famed Cuban conguero. Other gigs included Nina Simone, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sonny Rollins, and Stone Alliance. Gene then entered audio school, studio worked with Todd Rundgren, founded P.M. Records and established recording facilities. Currently teaching at Lehigh U. & The New School, his credits include Broadway theatrical sound design, Internet design and hosting, and computer networking.

Gene Perla joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 22, 2010