Dan Pugach

    Brooklyn, NY, United States


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    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 and Berdardo Aguiar on Brazilian Pandeiro.

    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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    Right before the pandemic hit, Dan Pugach recorded the Rogers & Hammerstine classic “My Favorite Things” that he arranged for Nicole Zuraitis and the Dan Pugach Nonet. The video of the song will premier on Tuesday, June 16. You can find more inform…

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    Exciting news for Drummer and composer Dan Pugach, who was signed as an artist by ‘Pearl Drums’

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    Drummer and composer Dan Pugach won the Charlie Parker Prize, as well as the Manny Albam Commission award, at BMI’s 31st Jazz Composers Workshop Showcase held on June 12th.

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    Dan Pugach’s version for “Jolene” by Dolly Parton was Nominated to the 61st Grammy Awards in the Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals category. “Jolene” was arranged by Dan Pugach & Nicole Zuraitis and will be included in as one of the five nom…

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    Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, arranged by Dan Pugach, is available on iTunes. Watch a video of the Dan Pugach Nonet performing it at the Systems Two Studios in Brooklyn.  

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    Dan Pugach is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer originally from Raanana, Israel. Described as “Rock-solid on drums” by Frank Alkyer (Downbeat), Pugach has performed with world-renowned artists, such as Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Sloan and Lucy…