appears on 17 CDs, with several more soon to be released. His
eclectic discography ranges from the modern jazz of Fundementia (a
group he co-leads with saxophonist / composer Andy Parsons) to the
electric-violin pop of GrooveLily. Several straight ahead jazz projects
and singer-songwriter efforts round out the list. Performances are
equally varied, from cozy clubs in NYC like the Knitting Factory
Bottom Line to audiences of 5,000 or more at many festivals around
US and Canada, including the Kerrville, Philadelphia, and Ottawa
drumming style combines influences from Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine,
Joey Baron, Russ Kunkel, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Stevie Wonder,
among many others. Although his career involves many varied genres
music, there are several common threads throughout. First, a desire
support and complement the music and still be an active participant
instigator. Second, an ability to blur the lines between these
genres by frequently referring to one from the other. Finally,
infuse all of the music he plays with joy.
to work as a co-leader, Gene works frequently as a sideman.
Among his most active projects is GrooveLily, a pop band that features
electric violin, keyboards, and drums. GrooveLily tours extensively
throughout the United States and Canada, and has started featuring
as composer and singer as well. He also plays frequently with Andy
Parsons in a quartet setting. Their soon-to-be released third CD
co-leaders, "Flip!", features Ben Monder on guitar and
John Patitucci on
bass. Further work as a sideman includes many performances with
Laurie Krauz, whose debut CD features Gene's drumming throughout
provided him with the opportunity to record with jazz legend George
Coleman. Gene also toured the US, Canada, and
Europe with jazz guitarist Rudy Linka.
an engineering major at Princeton University, Gene soon changed paths
and returned to school to receive a masters of music
the Manhattan School of Music in 1991. In addition
to conservatory, Gene
owes a lot to his long-time mentor Justin DiCioccio.
future, Gene plans on continuing to pursue an eclectic mix of
styles and projects. His most active projects will continue to
touring and recording with GrooveLily and with partner and friend
Parsons. GrooveLily's current live CD will be followed by a studio
release and a recording of the GrooveLily holiday show in 2003.