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Red Poppy Art House: Viktorija Gečytė & Gene Perla Quartet: Jazz for Today
June 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$20 – $25
Lithuanian singer Viktorija Gečytė and American double-bassist Gene Perla have been enchanting audiences for the past 10 years, touring the U.S. and Europe. Their music springs from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, original compositions, and rarely performed musical gems. FEATURING: Viktorija Gecyte – vocals Gene Perla – double bass Sean Gough – piano Jon Arkin – drums ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Viktorija Gečytė started her singing career as a child television star in her native Lithuania. After graduating from Lafayette College in the United States, she settled down in Paris where she performs regularly at jazz clubs and festivals. Elegant, swinging, and sophisticated beyond her years, Gečytė bears comparison with the greats. She has great phrasing, impeccable timing, a low velvet voice with smoky hues, and hits every note on the button. Raised in New Jersey, Gene Perla studied classical piano and trombone. After attending Berklee School, he moved to New York and performed with Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Joni Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughan. Perla formed publishing and record labels and toured South America for six months with Steve Grossman and Don Alias. Other efforts include a Tony Award for Broadway’s City of Angels, as well as teaching music business at Lehigh University and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC.