Jure Pukl, saxophone • Daniel Nöesig, trumpet • Tzumo Arpad, piano
Josh Ginsburg, double bass • Gregory Hutchinson, drums
There are few artists whose musical synergy matches that of saxophone player Jure Pukl and trumpeter Daniel Noesig’s. Ten years in the making, the joint project finally saw the light of day in 2012. Over a period of 4 years the band changed a couple of line ups and band members and played numerous tours in Europe. Among great players who were playing with the quintet are Howard Curtis, Danny Grissett, Vicente Archer, Rudy Royston, Kyle Poole, Sava Miletić and Paul Imm.
From 2014 the final line up consists of Tzumo Arpad on piano, who has, after finishing Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles, performed with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lionel Loueke, among many other artists. He now lives in Budapest. Josh Ginsburg is playing the bass and has worked with artists like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tom Harrell, Mulgrew Miller, Mark Turner, Robert Glasper and Jeff “Tain” Watts. The line-up also features one of the most influential and acknowledged percussionists of our time, Greg Hutchinson, known for his collaborations with a number of jazz giants, including Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman and the iconic Betty Carter.
The Quintet will play Jure’s, Daniel’s and other band members’ original music based on the well-established jazz tradition but reflecting the spirit of modernity and involving plenty of group interaction and exploring the unknown musical places.
This will be Serbian premiere of their debut LIVE album “Live at the Jazzfestival Steyr” released for the Alessa Records in Austria. The album (CD) will be available at Novi Sad for purchase.
Pukl was awarded the Slovenian highest national award for Arts (Nagrada Presernovega sklada, 2015) and is one of the most profilic and creative saxophonists of the younger Slovene jazz generation. Pukl obtained university education abroad, he 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, where he pursued his studies with masters such as Joe Lovano and George Garzone. He completed his master’s 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 USA, Asia and Europe performing in venues such as 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; among others the 2005 first Jury Prize and Best Composition Audience Award at the Jazzon International Music Workshop and Festival in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. In his auctorial projects, such as the Virus quintet (receive rave reviews, among others on the influential Allaboutjazz Web portal) Pukl dedicates himself to modern interpretations of jazz. What he creates is a unique type of modern jazz, avant-garde, free jazz and impressionistic contemporary music performed with a great deal of knowledge and love, giving prominence to the interplay between band members. He already published 7 CD’s under his own name. The last two were recorded in New York with some of the finest musicians and got rave reviews all over the globe. He is also featured on more than 40 CD projects as a sideman.
“He is one of those rare beings whose music reflects a higher understanding at a young age.With his album he has created a listening experience with something to teach us all. He knows.” (Vijay Iyer, pianist)
“It’s more than likely that the New York vibe has hardened his original Slovenian conception and this quartet is as futuristically modern as any other on the jazz scene.” (Tony Hall, Jazzwise UK)
“Jazz listeners have already picked up signals from young tenor saxophonist-composer Jure Pukl; you should hear this exciting newcomer” (John Fordham, THE GUARDIAN)
“…his tenor rises from a subdued lilt to bone-rattling screeches over barreling rhythm.” (Fred Bouchard, DOWNBEAT)
“Pukl’s amalgam of sound and approach stamps him as a musician who essays creativity into a fine art.” (Jerry D’Souza, ALLABOUTJAZZ)
Daniel Nösig’s trumpet mastery has already made him famous in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. The secret is how to hold 10,000 people in silence and raise them to their feet to dance with the very next tune. He knows this secret. Nösig currently lives in Vienna and works much everywhere, being sought-out by the New Cool Collective, Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna, Couch Ensemble, and others. He has recently started a new venture with the Hammond Quartet. Johannes Enders is on the tenor saxophone…
Born on 25th November 1975 in Zams, Tirol (Austria), Daniel Nösig received his classical education at the Music School in Feldkirchen / Karnten (Austria) with Prof. Alois Vierbach. In June 1997 he gained Jazz Diploma with honours from the Kernten State Conservatory (Austria) studying with Prof. Harper Lee (Harper Lee). In May 1999 he obtained a degree in music from the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (NL) studying with Jarmo Hoogendijk and Erik Vloeimanns and in December the same year a diploma as a pedagogue. In May 2000 he was awarded the title of the Master of Music (grade 9 with a note of “extraordinary musical sensitivity”) from the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (NL) studying with Erik Vloeimanns and Ack van Rooyen.
Performed with: JAM “The Austrian Jazz Orchestra” led by Erich Kleinschuster, BuJazzO led by Peter Herbolzheimer, Big Band of Royal Conservatory Den Haag led by Bob Mintzer, Jim McNeely, John Ruocco, Henk Meutgeert and Jerry van Rooyen, the Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna, New Cool Collective Big Band, European Jazz Youth Orchestra in 2001 led by Benjamin Herman, The Hague All Star Big Band, in the international jazz project in Vancouver/Canada led by Hugh Fraser, and the names such as the Flip Philipp/Ed Partyka Dectet, Eric Vloeimans, Peter Ypma Plus Eleven, Mario Rossy, Eric van der Westen, Peter Beets, John Ruocco, Ben Monder, Jonathan Blake, Harald Neuwirth, Nicolas Thys, Lee Harper, Philip Harper, Juraj Stanik, Flip Philipp, Christian Salfellner, Erwin Schmidt, Uli Langthaler, Heinz von Hermann, Maarten van der Grinten, Wolfgang Puschnig, Christian Havel, Jake Hanna, Don Menza, Anette von Eichel, Marianne Mendt, Edek Bartz, Michael Erian, Primus Sitter, Joe Zawinul, Miles Griffith, Sam Rivers, Johannes Enders, Marko Lackner, among others.
“Dutch Jazz Competition 2000”: winner of the Best Jazz Soloist Award (“Soloist with an extraordinary tone and well-balanced and harmonic performing style” – Bert Jansma, Haagse Courant)
Discography: Uli Langthaler/Erwin Schmidt Quintet (2005); Sitter/Nösig Quartet (2005); Couch-Ensemble (2005); Alexander Ehrenreich (2004); Take the Duck Duck’s Food (2004); Monsieur Dubois S’Amuse (2004); Jure Pukl Virus Quintet (2003); Tonc Feinig’s Christmas Band Vol. 1&2 (2003, 2005); Couch Ensemble Winnetou (2003); Take the Duck Resolution (2002); Francisco Davila Quintet (2001); Big Band Royal Conservatory of The Hague (1999)
Band leader: Daniel Nösig’s Hammond Band – Take the Duck, Couch Ensemble and Feinig/Nösig Projekt
Performed at: North Sea Jazz Festival, the Netherlands; Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Danmark; International Jazz Festival in Wigan, Great Britain; 1 week at Ronnie Scott’s in London, England; Breda Jazz Festival, the Netherlands; Alkmaar Jazz Festival, the Netherlands; International Jazz Project Vancouver, Canada; the Chiemsee Festival of regions, Germany; South-American Music Festival in Zurich, Switzerland; Two Nights of Jazz, Austria; Carinthian Summer, Austria; ORF State Studio in Kärnten, Austria; Modern Sound Festival, Austria; Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Slovenia.
He has recorded for radio and television stations in the Netherlands, Austria, England, Denmark, Canada, Columbia Poland, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany… Concerts and tours in Spain, Belgium (JazzLab Series), Slovenia, Columbia, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Serbia, Poland, etc…
Tzumo was born into a musical family. He started playing the piano at the age of seven. He studied classical music at the Weiner Leo Conservatory (Hungary, Budapest), and afterwards he received a scholarship to the Ferenc Erkel School of Jazz Music. His first success was the first prize of the Hungarian (Bela Bartok) Radio talent competition, which was a scholarship for a 5-week summer course at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Since 2001, he has had a lot of success in the international field, as well. In the summer of 2001, Tzumo received the first prize for the best Trio and the best soloist at the “Jazz an der Donau” competition. In September 2001, his Trio took part in the Jazz Hoeilaart International Contest. Being in the competition for the first time, Tzumo won all three of the main prizes: for the best Trio, for the most creative performance piece, as well as the prize for the best soloist.
The same year, his first record, “My Time”(EMI), came out. In 2002, he also received a scholarship and continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Joanne Bracken. In 2003 he applied and got accepted to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He has performed with the Monk Institute Band, featuring Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garret and Clark Terry, Hal Crook, and Terry Lyne Carrington in the United States, Europe and Japan. In 2002, he was granted the Emerton Award and the prize for that year’s Young Jazz Talent from the Hungarian national Radio.
In 2003 he was selected among the 50 most successful young talented artists. His record, My Time, received Hungarian music award The Gramophone. He graduated from the Monk Institute of the Jazz University of Southern California in 2006. After the graduation he moved to New York where he started to work with young generations of jazz musicians such as Frank Nemeth, Lionel Loueke and Arturo Stable. Today, you can find Tzumo living in the EU. (www.tzumoarpad.com)
Bassist and bandleader Josh Ginsburg is a regular fixture on the world’s concert stages and jazz clubs. His music has been described as “vigorously fresh” (Irish Times) and “reveal(ing) itself in gradually unfolding layers” (JazzTimes); his most recent album as a leader, “Zembla Variations”, was chosen as an Album of the Year by the New York City Jazz Records. Josh’s bass playing, Financial Times (London) writes, is “a rock of counterpoint, funk and swing.”
In the past few years, Josh has been touring with bands led by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jeremy Pelt, George Colligan, Logan Richardson, Aruán Ortiz and Helen Sung (among others). As a first-call New York musician he has performed with countless influential players such as Tom Harrell, Mulgrew Miller, Mark Turner, Robert Glasper, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Gregory Hutchinson, Ambrose Akinmusire and Aaron Parks.
Josh was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he absorbed some of that city’s musical roots. “I think there was a rhythmic intensity that I learned in Baltimore from the very beginning, as well as a deep love of the jazz tradition.” Josh went on to study with jazz trailblazer Jackie McLean: “From Mr. McLean I learned the value and beauty of melody and lyricism. But even more importantly through him, and through the many great musicians I have worked with over the years, I began to see what I value the most in all my musical experiences, the open-hearted spirit of a true improviser.” (www.joshginsburg.com)
Jazz Magazine describes him as “the drummer of his generation” and indeed, Gregory Hutchinson is one of the most highly respected musicians of our time. His mastery of timing and expression of rhythms is at the core of his personal style. He is a musician’s drummer, soundly rooted in the jazz tradition he is able to approach all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind blowing innovation.
The Brooklyn native began to nurture his passion for playing at the very young age of 3. He recalls his first drum set lasting a total of 5 minutes, “I proceeded to put the sticks through the drumhead and not on top of it. I didn’t know about Ted Reed stick control” he muses, “and now fast forward many years, here I am.” His dedication to the instrument was apparent in junior high school and his instructors took notice. At the young age of 12, he would arrive at school an hour early each day and stay behind an hour after. He was encouraged to audition for two music high schools and describes his not being accepted as “the best thing that could have happened to me.” It encouraged him to spend the next four years practicing and also led him to Justin Diccicio who became his mentor. Diccicio’s former students had been Omar Hakim, Kenny Washington, Marcus Miller and Steve Jordon. By accepting an apprenticeship under him, Greg had not only entered a lineage of supreme musical talent, but he had acquired a teacher who was serious in helping him become a professional musician.
His professional career began right out of high school, when he was introduced to Red Rodney after playing in a Big Band for a year. He quickly became known as a young phenom in the jazz community sharing the stage with the likes of not only Rodney, but Betty Carter, and Ray Brown while still in his early twenties. He is one of the few musicians today who had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the great orginators of jazz music. Since then he has worked with a virtual who’s who of the jazz world including: Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove, Charles Lloyd, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and Maria Schneider as well as many other’s. His time signatures and beat compositions have won him praise from the hip hop community as well leading him to work with powerhouses Common, Super producer Kareem Riggins and Questlove of the Roots.
His experience and technique make him one of the most exciting musicians to watch and hear. He has the creative power to not only nurture, but challenge the very art of drumming. Dianne Reeves describes him as “Pure Genius.” Gary Giddins described his drum work as “Elegant” and more “like dancing.” Joshua Redman describes him as “Inspired.” To Hutch, his goal is to play the drums like Charlie Parker plays the horns, “I want to sing on the drums the way he sings on the horn.” If history is any indication, Gregory Hutchinson will indeed continue to be a formidable presence in the musical community.