The Chris Cummings Trio (Allentown JazzFest 2017)
Chris Cummings – (Drums) – Chris Cummings began his professional playing career at the age of 14. He has performed or recorded with many notable players including Gene Perla, Bill Washer, Jim Weider, Tony Marino, Jon Ballantyne, and many more. As both a sideman and leader, he has played at some of the biggest music festivals in the world such as the Berks Jazz Festival and Musikfest. Chris maintains a private teaching practice in the Lehigh Valley where he resides with his wife and children.
Gene Perla – (Bass) – Gene 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 his “New Light,” “Fine Wine Trio,” “Go Trio,” “Axiom Jump,” “Funk Xpress,” “FleetWing,” and “Gene Perla Quintet.”
Bill WasherBill Washer grew up Rochester, N.Y. where he began studying guitar at age 11. He first performed in a dixie style band with other kids from the neighborhood. He later formed his own blues/rock band in high school playing dances, parties etc. and continued studying with the late Donald Ames. After High School, he attended the Berklee School, in Boston, studying guitar with Mick Goodrick and majoring in composition. He went on to work with Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, and Stevie Wonder. He’s performed with Joffrey Ballet Company in 3 rock ballet productions. While working there he met his wife, Trinette Singleton, a dancer with the company at the time. Bill continues working in New York doing recording, Broadway, club dates etc. as well as touring with acts like Liza Minnelli and Ashford and Simpson.
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