6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
2 sets: 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
$12 pp music charge online prepaid tickets $15 pp at door $7 minimum (food/drink)
Osca Williams II-Piano
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 the wonderful vocalist Viktorija Gečytė and his groups “New Light,” “Fine Wine Trio,” “Go Trio,” “Axiom Jump,” “Funk Xpress,” “FleetWing,” and the new “The Gene Machine Quintet,” “Galvanic Ignition,” and “The Gene Perla Quartet.”
Peter Wettre was raised in Sandefjord, studied music at the Toneheim Folk High School (1987), and later at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1992), where he studied under the guidance of international Jazz Profiles like Dave Liebman and George Garzone. Moving back to Norway, he immediately formed his own Quartet with engagement at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 1993, followed by a Norway Tour in 1994. Eventually, he settled in Oslo and he distinguished himself at the Oslo Jazz Scenes with his own Trio and Quartet, and sat in with the “Storeslem” (Big Band) and “Sandefjord Big Band”, toured with his own trio in Tribute to Ornette Coleman (1994), sat in with the band Time Out (1994–95), on tour with Øystein Sevåg‘s Global House (1995–96), Shirley Bassey (1995–96), played within the bands “Graffiti”, “Horns for hire”, Oslo Groove Company and Norske Store Orkester. Breakthrough as a jazz musician came with the representation of Norway at the EBU concert in Prague in 1995. He also appears on recordings with, among Others Torbjørn Sunde‘s Meridians (1998), Frode Alnæs‘s Frode (1996), the Element – Shaman (1999) and Oslo Groove Company – Anno (1996).