Gene Segal is a Russian born and Brooklyn raised guitarist who has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since the early 2000’s.
Graduating college from the world renowned jazz program at William Patterson University with a master’s degree in jazz composition he has been honored to work and contribute to the scene he grew up admiring.
Gene has played with some of the world’s greatest musicians including, Billy Hart, Ben Street, Steve Laspina, Randy Brecker, Bill Goodwin, Francoise Mutine, Mark Guiliana, Bruce Cox, Sean Conly, Jaimeo Brown, Joe Magnarelli, Jon Irabagon, Adam Niewood, Gerry Niewood, Sam Sadigursky, Dominic Farinacci, Jeff Davis, Matt Kane, Peter Brendler, Kenny Grohowski, Sam Barsh, Brian Charette, Paul Francis, Kenyatta Beasley among numerous others.
Gene has played at New York’s most famous jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, Cornelia Street Café, Bar Next Door, and Sweet Basil to name a few. He has toured and played major clubs and festivals including J&R Jazz festival, Syracuse Jazz Festival, Chris’s Jazz Café (Philadelphia), Night Town (Cleveland) among many others.
Along with an extensive performing career Gene has also been a prolific composer and band leader. He has released four CD’s as leader with the fifth to be released in 2017 featuring Billy Hart, Ben Street and Adam Niewood.
His first release titled “Hypnotic” on the Innova label 2009 featured Sam Barsh on organ Matt Kane on drums received rave reviews in jazz times, all about jazz and other major jazz publications.
With a brief intermission in his recording career due to a birth of his child Gene released “Mental Images” on the SteepleChase label in 2015. This group was comprised of Jon Irabagon and Sam Sadigursky on the reeds with Sean Conly on bass and Jaimeo Brown on drums. This music was very different from his first CD but was received extremely well by critics and fans alike.
In 2016 Gene released Matter on the SteepleChase label with the same line up. This album was a continuation of the ideas of “Mental Images” but with a new goal of making the CD more concise and focusing on melodic song writing.
In 2017 he returned to his organ trio roots with “spiral” also on the SteepleChase label featuring the great organist Brian Charette and Bruce Cox on drums. This album was a home coming of some sorts because Gene feels very much at home in the organ trio setting. Having done countless gigs in that idiom. The album grooves and swings and pays homage to Gene’s favorite organ trios while keeping it fresh and introducing new ideas to a familiar setting.
2017 is only getting hotter with the upcoming release of his fifth CD and new opportunities arising.
Since 2017, Gene has been busy in the recording studio. He has recorded 3 albums with Billy Hart, Ben Street, Adam Nussbaum and Jay Anderson. Releasing albums Transformation, Curiosity and Double Rainbow.
Once the pandemic hit, Gene started rethinking his approach to music. Since in person collaboration wasn't an option, Gene started playing around with recording and producing. Gene has had a lot of time to master this craft. He is currently self producing his next release, which will be a change in direction with songs featuring vocals. The music will focus on new original material that will include rock, jazz and funk.