Gene grew up in northeastern New Jersey and began his musical studies at age five with the classical piano. His first jazz influence was Nat "King" Cole. In high school he played the trombone and sang in various choral groups. While attending the University of Toledo as an engineering and business major, he heard pianist Bill Evans, which prompted him to return to music by enrolling in the Berklee School of Music. He then became inspired to play the bass after hearing Charlie Haden, and soon after that he began to play professionally.

In 1966, Gene moved back to the New York City area and landed his first major gig, which was with The Willie Bobo Sextet. In that group was Carlos "Patato" Valdes, the famed Cuban conga player. Next came the bands of Nina Simone, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Sonny Rollins. During this period, he formed the P. M. Records label, and with keyboardist Jan Hammer he founded Red Gate Recording Studio. With drummer/percussionist Don Alias and saxophonist Steve Grossman, Stone Alliance was born. This group traveled to three continents and recorded four albums.

Since 1983, Gene has concentrated on careers as an educator, theatrical sound designer, NYC recording studio co-owner and Internet specialist.

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