Vik & Gene
Friday, May 12, 2023, 7:30 pm
Viktorija Gečytė | vocals
Gene Perla | acoustic double bass
Mike Bond | piano
Adam Nussbaum | drums
The low, velvet voice. The seductive sound of jazz. Viktorija and Gene return to the Roedale Room for a one night only concert. It’s swinging, sophisticated, and the perfect welcome to spring.
“A class act,” says the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
The stage has long been Viktorija’s home away from home. She premiered in public at age 5 in her native Lithuania and was regularly featured on TV for many years. During high school, she schooled herself in global jazz by hitchhiking to music festivals around Lithuania. Later, thanks to a scholarship from Lafayette College, she explored the New York area jazz clubs and much more of America during her 3,800-mile cross-country bicycle trip. In 2008, she settled down in Paris where she performs regularly at jazz clubs and festivals.
Elegant, swinging and sophisticated beyond her years, Viktorija 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. Her fondness for jazz comes from her father, and her love of singing from her mother, an award-winning chef who comes from a long line of passionate traditional vocalists. For Viktorija, singing is a musical conversation, a human endeavor, a never-ending journey.
Gene Perla was born and raised in New Jersey where he studied classical piano and trombone.Â 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”), recording studio operations, and Webmaster for the Jazz Education Network. He is currently playing his basses, producing records, running an Internet design and hosting company, and teaching music business and other subjects at Lehigh University and The School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at The New School University.
Adam was born in New York City and grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut and started to play drums at age 12 after studying piano for 5 years. He moved back to New York City in 1975 to attend The Davis Center for Performing Arts at City College.
Considered one of the finest drummers working today, he's played with a virtual "Who's Who" in the jazz world including John Abercrombie, Michael & Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Vic Juris, James Moody, John Scofield, Joe Sample, Ohad Talmor, ‘Toots' Thielemans, Kenny Wheeler, and NHOP.