Gene Perla

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Gene Perla
Gene Perla in 2013
Gene Perla in 2013
Background information
Born (1940-03-01) March 1, 1940 (age 81)
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
Occupation(s)Musician, record label owner
InstrumentsDouble bass
Years active1969–present
LabelsPM, Plug
Associated actsSteve Grossman

Gene Perla (born March 1, 1940) is an American jazz bassist.


At the Berklee School of Music and the Boston Conservatory Perla concentrated on piano before moving to double bass.[1] In 1969 he spent one year as a member of the Woody Herman Orchestra.[1] During the early 1970s, he worked with Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, and The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In 1975 he started the band Stone Alliance with Don Alias and Steve Grossman.[1] Also in the 1970s he founded PM Records ("PM" for Perla Music), which released albums by Steve Grossman, Elvin Jones, Pat LaBarbera, and Dave Liebman.[1] He has taught at Lehigh University and the New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music.


As leader[edit]

  • Bill's Waltz (PM, 2008)
  • Out of the Gate (PM, 2017)

As sideman[edit]

With Miles Davis

With Frank Foster

With Elvin Jones

With Jeremy Steig

With Mickey Tucker

With Nina Simone


  1. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott. "Gene Perla". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 June 2019.

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