Gene Perla's Jazz Quartet

Tuesday, April 24

GENE PERLA – A CLASS ACT Gene Perla is unquestionably one of greatest jazz bass guitarists of the 1960’s. In fact, Perla’s place in the acceptance of the electric bass as a part of the world of respectable jazz is sealed. He laid down everything from straight-ahead jazz with Elvin Jones and Sonny Rollins, to incredible funk with his band Stone Alliance. To fully appreciate Perla’s influence, we must start at the very beginning. In the early 1960`s, rock music was quick to embrace the electric bass guitar. Leo Fender created the instrument to free bassists from “the doghouse” -- his nickname for the acoustic bass. By the mid 1960’s, players like John Entwistle and Jack Bruce quickly broke from the pack and established themselves as electric bass pioneers whose innovations would set the stage for the 70’s, arguably the most prolific period for state of the art rock bass playing. However, the jazz community was very slow to catch on, and the electric bass was not taken very seriously. In fact, it was looked upon with disdain. Fortunately, open-mined individuals like Dizzy Gillespie realized the potential of electric bass in jazz music and were not afraid to use it. Dizzy used electric bass as early as 1967 on an LP entitled Swing Low Sweet Cadillac, featuring the fantastic bass playing of Frank Schifano. Soon, electric bass started to make it’s way into the jazz world. Players like Bob Cranshaw, Sonny Rollins’ bassist, and Steve Swallow put down their upright basses and started to make a tremendous impact in the jazz world on electric.

Gene Perla sat firmly among this pack of pioneers. Gene Perla has performed and/or recorded with many great musicians including Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Stan Getz, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band, Sonny Rollins, Stone Alliance and others.


82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village New York NY 10012 tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462) Open 7 days: 6pm-2:30am weeknights 6pm-3am weekends

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