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  • 6/27/2019 – Nicole Zuraitis & The Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Opening night!

    The Dan Pugach Nonet, his 9-piece ensemble which features Dan’s original compositions, has already won two ASCAP Jazz Composer Awards, a prestigious residency at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrument with Vocals, alongside vocalist Nicole Zuraitis, his wife, and past performer at the Branford Jazz Series.
    This ensemble tours regularly and has played at Bird’s Eye Basel, The Zone in Tel Aviv, Blue Note Jazz, The 55bar, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Loft, The Jazz Estate, Stowe Jazz Festival among respected Performing Arts Theatres across the nation.
    Joining Dan and Nicole on stage include: David Smith on trumpet, Sam Blakeslee on trombone, Jen Hinkle (bass trombone), Andrew Gould (alto sax), Jeremy Powell (tenor sax), Andrew Hadro (baritone sax), Carmen Staff (piano), and Leo Sherman (bass).
    “It means a lot to be back for the 2019 Branford Jazz Series after playing with Nicole(Zuraitis) in 2012,” said Pugach. “I love the appreciation Branford Jazz has for artists. It; is going to be a fun show.”

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