Dan Pugach and Nicole Zuraitis are nominated for Best Arrangement for Instruments and Vocals in the 61st Grammy® Awards

Newlywed jazz artists
Nicole Zuraitis and
Dan Pugach are dually GRAMMY® nominated for their arrangement of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”!



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2018
Dan Pugach and Nicole Zuraitis are nominated for Best Arrangement for Instruments and Vocals in the 61st Grammy® Awards. This is the first nomination for the couple since they began making music together 10 years ago. Their interpretation of the timeless Dolly Parton song “Jolene” was recorded on the Dan Pugach Nonet 2018 album PLUS ONE and released on Unit Records. The album features Ingrid Jensen on trumpet as well as Nicole on vocals and Dan on drums and was recorded at Systems Two Recording Studios in Brooklyn, NY.
Since the release of the album, the Dan Pugach Nonet reached top 20 on the jazz radio charts, toured the US and as well as internationally and captivated new audiences at legendary jazz venues and festivals such as The Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club and 55 Bar in New York City. Nicole Zuraitis has been fronting the world famous Birdland Big Band at Birdland Jazz Club in New York, maintaining her residency at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, touring with the Dan Pugach Nonet as well as her project and album HIVE MIND (DotTime Records). She has awards under her belt such as first place in the Coffee Music Project New York Songwriting Competition, IMEA Best Jazz Album award, runner up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and Johnny Mercer Award in the American Traditions Competition. Both Nicole and Dan are ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award recipients and have toured together with Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor and Melanie Safka.
“A heart as big as her remarkable voice”– JAZZ POLICE
“Brooklyn’s Nicole Zuraitis Brings Visceral Vocals, Her Powerhouse Presence and Winning Songwriting to Jazz Outing, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records).”- KEN MICALLEF (DOWNBEAT)
“A voice that’s hard to ignore… remarkable range… you can’t help but stop and take notice.” — JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE
“Zuraitis conveys a warm folksy yearning…stands out….breezy elegance…coos sassily like Peggy Lee.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ 2018
   “While the versatile band certainly deserves kudos, it’s Pugach’s dynamic drumming that allows so many seemingly disparate styles to cohere into a warm, singular sound”
– Keaton Lamle, Modern Drummer
“Jolene” is a real surprise; an intro of sweet, deep chamber music heralds Nicole who takes charge and tells the story. A classic song but you’ve never heard it like this. Do the Math: “Plus One” Adds up to Big, Bold, Beautiful.”
-Debbie Burke, jazz blogger

“Rock solid on drums.”

– Frank Alkyer of Downbeat Magazine

   “What I like the most about the sound and concept of Dan’s Nonet is that the playing and the writing is selfless. It’s all about the music. The writing is on point, sharp, concise and so is everybody’s playing. Beautiful album.”
– Antonio Sanchez (Grammy® award winner, Birdman, Pat Metheny)


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