Dan Pugach is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer described as “Rock-solid on drums" by Frank Alkyer (Downbeat). Pugach has worked with various artists, such as Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Sloan and Lucy Wainwright, Ingrid Jensen, Rosa Passos, Airto Moreira, Gregoire Maret, Billy Drews, Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Bergeron and Dave Stryker, to name a few. His work has got him a reputation of one of the most versatile and sought-after drummers in New York City.
Dan Pugach Nonet is his 9-piece ensemble which features Dan's original compositions, as well as his inventive arrangements of jazz standards and pop material. This project has already won two ASCAP Jazz Composer Awards and a prestigious residency at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. Its debut album was recently recorded in 2017 featuring Ingrid Jensen on trumpet.
Originally from Israel, Dan served his mandatory three-year military duty as the drummer of the Air-Force Orchestra. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and his Master’s from the City College of New York, where he studied under Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Terri-Lyne Carrington and Ari Hoenig.
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“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
“What I like the most about the sound and concept of Dan’s Nonet is that the playing and the writing is selfless. It’s all about the music.
The writing is on point, sharp, concise and so is everybody’s playing. Beautiful album.”— Antonio Sanchez
“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 Jenson
“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