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Gene Perla joins Artists Recording Collective roster

Gene Perla - Noted Bassist, Composer, Educator joins Artists Recording Collective. Perla picked up notable experience with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1969-70), the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones (1971-73) and Sonny Rollins.

"Gene Perla has been important to jazz not only as a bassist but as the owner of two record labels. Perla studied as a pianist at the Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory of Music. He eventually switched to bass and picked up notable experience with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1969-70), the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones (1971-73) and Sonny Rollins. In the mid-1970's Perla formed the PM (Perla Music) label and a little later also ran Plug; among the musicians that he recorded were Dave Liebman, Elvin Jones, Steve Grossman, Pat LaBarbera and (for Plug) Jerry Bergonzi among others. Perla formed the group Stone Alliance (which also included Grossman and percussionist Don Alias) in 1975 and has remained quite active as both a bassist and as a jazz educator up to the present time."

- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Gene Perla earned a BA in Music from Thomas Edison University. He was raised in New Jersey where he studied piano and trombone. After attending Berklee School of Music he moved to New York and began his musical career as a jazz bassist. He has performed and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Chuck Mangione, Joni Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Stone Alliance, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and others. In the early 1970's he formed music publishing and record companies, and his group the Stone Alliance traveled to South America and Europe which gave him experience in management and booking. Other efforts include Broadway sound design and recording studio operations. He is currently playing his basses, producing records, running an Internet design and hosting company, and teaches at Lehigh University and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.





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