Jure Pukl is a recipient of the highest award of the Republic Slovenia for achievements in the arts (Nagrada Presernovega sklada 2015), and is one of the most prolific and creative saxophonists of the younger Slovene jazz generation.
Pukl obtained a University education abroad, studied classical saxophone at the Vienna Music Academy and jazz saxophone in Vienna as well as at the Haag Conservatory of Music. Pukl then won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston USA, where he pursued his studies with masters such as Joe Lovano and George Garzone. He completed his masters degree in music at the Graz Academy of Music. Throughout his studies Pukl performed and recorded extensively, being engaged in his own projects, as well as working with a number of great musicians such as Maceo Parker, Branford Marsalis, Dave Liebman, Esperanza Spalding, Vijay Iyer, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Damion Reid, Rodney Green, Charles Altura, Joe Sanders, Aaron Goldberg, Marcus Gilmore, Jeremy Pelt, Jamire Williams, Howard Curtis, Johnatan Blake, Renato Chicco, Bosko Petrovic, Miles Griffith, Jason Palmer and orchestras like Big Band RTV Slovenia, European Jazz Orchestra, European Movement Jazz Orchestra, Vienna Saxophone Quartet, Nouvele Cousine and many others.
He has been touring extensively throughout the USA, Asia and Europe, performing in venues such as the Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Gallery, Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex, Pizza Express, Porgy & Bess, Stadtgarten and festivals like Moers Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, Muenster Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne to name a few. His music has won him many awards; including the 2005 first Jury Prize and Best Composition Audience Award at the Jazzon International Music Workshop and Festival in Novo mesto, Slovenia.
What he creates is a unique type of modern jazz, avantgarde, free jazz and impressionistic contemporary music performed with a great deal of knowledge and love, giving prominence to the interplay between band members. He has released 7 CDs under his own name and is featured on more than 40 CD projects as a sideman.
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