Jure Pukl

Photo by Ziga Koritnik

Cesta II/27
SI-3320 Velenje, Slovenia
Mobile SLO +386 41 724 441
Mobile AUT +43 676 441 39 19

Biography / Discography


Pukl was awarded with 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 masters 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, avantgarde, 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.


"...Pukl combines the skill, soul, and appetite for adventure that has fuelled jazz evolution from the beginning, and he’s a rising star of a creative new generation that is energetically driving the music on into its second century."
John Fordham | The Guardian | London April 2012




  Band name Album name Label/year
As Leader

Jure Pukl

Jure Pukl "abstract society"

Jure Pukl

Jure Pukl


The Life Sound Pictures of Jure Pukl 

Jure Pukl "abstract society" feat.Vijay Iyer/Joe Sanders/Damion Reid


"The Long Run" - Live takes


Fresh Sound New Talent 2014

Storyville Records 2012

SessionWorkRec, Vienna 2010

ORF Vienna, 2008

  Jure Pukl "new Virus" Quintet Sound Pictures Goga Musica, 2007
  Jure Pukl Group Serendipity Sensor Records, 2004
  Jure Pukl "Virus" Quintet The Wizard Goga Musica, 2003
As Sideman


Robert Jukič

Flip Philipp/Ed Partyka Dectet

Jazz For Masses

Hair Of The Dog

Goga Musica 2010

ATS Rec 2010


Alpe Adria Jazz Ensemble 

European Jazz Orchestra

Live in Stockwerk

cond. by Niles Klein

ORF 2009

EJO 2009

  Jani Moder 4et Momentum Goga Musica 2008
  Maja Jaku Message Sound Design 2006
  Alpe Adria Jazz Ensemble Live in Kamot Indie, 2008
  Armend Xhaferi Group   to be released in 2009
  Lee Harper's Little Big Band Live in Kamot ORF, 2007
  Kaja Draklser Group Acropola Goga musica, 2008
  Moon Inhabitants   to be released in 2008
  JAZZON II. (JP "Jazzon" Quintet) Slo Composition Award 2005 Goga Musica 2005
  JAZZON I. (JP "Jazzon" Quintet) Slo Composition Award 2004 Goga Musica 2004
  Couch-Ensemble   to be released in 2005
  Lee Harper´s Little Big Band plays Wayne Shorter   ORF, 2005
  Vocal group VOX   Indie, 2005
  Lubos Sramek Group   Slovakia Republic, 2005
  Jazz Club Gajo Live Sessions 2004 JCG Recordings, 2004
  J. Bončina Benč in orkester B. Doblekarja Janezz LT Records, 2004
  Bosko Petrovic tentet BP Blues Croatia Records, 2004
  Igor Bezget PLAN 9 Different spaces Sensor Records, 2004
  Tonc Feing feat. Caroline de Rooij Christmas band ToncTone records, 2003
  Robert Jukic Phases of one ZKP RTV Slovenia, 2003
  Robert Jukic How about that!? Kuhna records, 2002
  Gaetano Valli Oltre confine Splasc(H) records, 2002
  Vienna Saxophone Quartet J.S.B.: The Art of the Fugue PG records, 2001
  Ultrazvok Lignit2 - various artists Lignit (SSK) records, 2001
  mi Dunaj vam (various artists) Hymnus Carniolus Korotan records, 1999
  (various artists) Original Slo.music for saxophones ZKP RTV Slovenia, 1996
  6 Pack Cukur PlayaDillaGangstaGorilla Menart 2009
  Romana Krajncan Vonj po ljubezni RTV 2009
  6 Pack Cukur Keramicarska Lirika MenArt, 2003
  Res Nullius Revolver ljubezni Nika records, 2003
  Big Foot Mama Tretja dimenzija MenArt, 1999
  FUNK YOU Intro MenArt, 1998