A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo by Ziga Koritnik

Photo by Ziga Koritnik

On Saturday, January 18, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present Slovenian saxophonist Jure Pukl and his “Sound Pictures” quintet. This will be Jure’s second time performing at the Gallery—he previously appeared back in May 2011 with pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Joe Sanders, and drummer Damion Reid, just before the group went into the studio to record Jure’s most recent album, Abstract Society (Storyville). While this album and 2010’s EARchitecture (SessionWorkRec) were recorded in New York, he does not pass through the city often, so Saturday promises to be a special event.

Pukl has studied all over the world—from Vienna to the Hague to Berklee in Boston—and his music reflects his diverse experiences. Free improvisation rubs shoulders with gut-bucket swing, hushed lyricism fits in alongside contemporary mixed-meters. Just check out this live video from Zagreb, Croatia:

Jure’s style has earned him not just praise from critics, but the respect of fellow musicians from around the world. Vijay Iyer calls Jure, “…an uncommon young artist with an original vision for modern music. He is one of those rare beings whose music reflects a higher understanding at a young age.”

Don’t miss this chance to hear Jure’s vital and unique voice in person. He’ll be joined by an all-star quintet featuring Adam Rogers on guitar, Sam Harris on piano, Joe Sanders on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

Jure Pukl’s “Sound Pictures” performs at The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, January 19, at 9 and 11 p.m. $20 general admission ($10 for members). Purchase tickets here.