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.