A career in television as a post-production editor would come first for Generet (pronounced Gen-er-RAY). He had the pleasure of working on some of the finest news broadcasts on television that included the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Evening News with Dan Rather & CBS News 48 Hours. The NFL Today for CBS Sports and countless other CBS network programs. But his love and appreciation of jazz endured throughout. Three Emmy Awards and some years later, Generet found himself artistically unfulfilled and the desire to hone his craft as a singer moved to the forefront. His relaxed and friendly manner while working and listening to other artists enabled him to form friendships with many renowned musicians, most of whom he has been working with over the last few years. One in particular — pianist, producer and arranger, Onaje Allan Gumbs — produced his first recording. The result is Generet’s debut CD, “(re)generet-ion”, (Monsieur Music/Mosaic Records). Taking on the theme of romance, Generet has re-imagined the Standard, adding his own unique styling and vocal flexibility.
Once that work was completed, Gregory went on to work with his band. The group, made up of the musicians from the recording, went on to perform sold out performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. From there he performed at other renowned venues such as Joe’s Pub, The Highline Ballroom, The Kitano, Feinsteins at the Lowes Regency in New York City and Smoke Jazz Club, where he’s currently in residence. Mr. Generet has performed with: Wycliffe Gordon, Branford Marsalis, Mike Renzi, Bucky Pizzarelli, Victor Goines, Kenny Werner, Sherman Irby, and Billy Stritch, among others.
His music continues to receive rave reviews from critics, listeners and colleagues alike. Critic Stephen Holden of the New York Times says of Gregory, “A voice that’s so sultry you might get burned.” Sheila Anderson of WBGO-Jazz 88 says, “Gregory is a welcomed addition to the music scene. Not locked into any style of music, he is a true performer. Be it ballads or blues, (he) delivers and he swings too!”
Generet lives in Harlem with his wife, actor, Tony Award winning producer and director, Tamara Tunie.