Gene Perla was raised in New Jersey where he studied classical 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, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, 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 “Stone Alliance” traveled to South America and Europe which gave him experience in management and booking. Other efforts include Broadway sound design (Tony Award for “City of Angels”), and recording studio operations.
He is currently playing his basses, producing records, running an Internet design and hosting company, is Webmaster for the Jazz Education Network, and teaching music business and other subjects at Lehigh University and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
His musical performance activities continue with his “New Light,” “Fine Wine Trio,” “Go Trio,” “Axiom Jump,” “Funk Xpress,” and “FleetWing.”