Dan Pugach

Composer // Drums // Leader

6 archived shows


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“The writing is on point, sharp, concise and so is everybody’s playing. Beautiful album.”Antonio Sanchez


 “His mastery of the music from the subtle inner workings of his horn orchestrations to his command over shaping larger musical statements puts Dan in a league of his own.”Alan Ferber


“While the versatile band certainly deserves kudos, it’s Pugach’s dynamic drumming that allows so many seemingly disparate styles to cohere into a warm, singular sound.” - Keaton Lamle, Modern Drummer Magazine 


“I can’t gush enough about the joyful energy that Dan and his Nonet express in the most open of ways. Dan’s music is thoughtful, exciting and immensely engaging…” - Ingrid Jensen


“Pugach is an ace composer and arranger. It is pretty incredible to realized that Plus One is the drummer’s debut album. It sounds fully formed and completely evolved." - All About Jazz


The Dan Pugach Nonet is a nine-piece ensemble let by its drummer and fronted by vocalist Nicole Zuraitis. This mini-bigband comprises of six horns and a driving rhythm-section and features inventive arrangements of jazz, folk, pop and brazilian repertoire, as well as Pugach’s energetic original.

Originally from Israel and based in Brooklyn, Pugach has won two ASCAP Composer Awards for his Nonet work and has made it to top 20 jazz radio charts with his debut album Plus One. This critically acclaimed nonet has toured nationally and internationally and has been featured on Modern Drummer Magazine, The WholeNote, Concerto, All About Jazz and many more.