The real blue: Pureum jin


I am a South Korean alto saxophonist and a jazz composer, currently based in New York metropolitan area. I plan to release my first album titled ‘The Real Blue’ with Cellar Live in June 2019, joined by an all-star lineup, including Jeremy Manasia on piano, the great Willie Jones III on drums, and rising stars Luke Sellick on bass, and Sabeth Perez on vocals. I have another album release scheduled during this year through SWIT records with the Spanish jazz maestro Ignasi Terraza and his trio, which was recorded live in summer 2018 at Jamboree Club during GREC Jazz Festival in Barcelona. I was also recently selected as one of the finalists for Made in New York jazz competition 2019.

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I relocated to New York in summer 2018 after spending a year in Charlottesville, Virginia soon after my graduation from MSM in 2017. I constantly visit C’ville area for performances. While in C’ville, I played actively on weekly performances at Miller’s at Downtown Mall as a member of John D’earth’s sextet. I assisted UVa Jazz Ensemble as a guest performer, and participated on events such as Jazz in the Park in Staunton, VA and The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU hosted events including Miho Hazama’s Big Band, playing the music of Thelonious Monk. I also performed in DC Jazz Fest, as a member of Jihye Lee Jazz Orchestra featuring Ted Nash and Sean Jones. I’ll be visiting UVa again this April to play as a guest performer of UVa jazz ensemble for ‘Jazz 4 Justice’ concert along with Grammy winning saxophonist Lauren Sevian.


Prior to obtaining my Master’s at MSM, I've been active in both Korea and international jazz scenes, playing in international jazz festivals including Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (Scotland, 2012), Takatsuki Jazz Festival (Japan, 2010), Seoul Jazz Festival (Korea, 2013), Jarasum International Jazz Festival (Korea, 2009-2014), and Jazz Korea (Germany 2012, 2013), and other jazz venues in the region. I recorded a live album while I was on Europe tour in 2012, which was released through Nagel-Heyer rcords in 2013. 





The following are some scraps of news articles on the web or on newspapers that mentioned my appearance on the concerts or reviews of my performances in the past. When written in languages other than English, I have translated parts of articles, but the links will provide the full article in the language it was originally written. 

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UVA JAZZ ENSEMBLE presents Jazz Is A Global Village with guest alto saxophonist, Pureum Jin

Source: UVa Music Dept. Webpage (music.virginia.edu)

Release Date: November 2017

PRESS RELEASE – November 11, 2017, the UVA JAZZ ENSEMBLE presents Jazz Is A Global Village with guest alto saxophonist, Pureum Jin.

On Saturday, November 11, in Old Cabell Hall, the UVA Jazz Ensemble, directed by trumpeter/composer John D’earth, will present their fall offering, Jazz Is A Global Village, featuring as their special guest alto saxophonist, Pureum Jin. The concert is aptly named.  It is based on D’earth’s experience of meeting Ms. Jin, this past summer, at his weekly Thursday night gig at Miller’s on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.  The extended engagement has been a mecca for jazz lovers and jazz players for decades.

“I love the musical and personal drama of having people sit in,” says D’earth of his Miller’s band, once a quintet but now, with the addition of Pureum Jin on alto sax, a sextet with three horns.  D’earth recounts what happened that night...

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[Today’s Recommendation] EBS ‘Space Gonggam’ - We LOVE JAZZ

Source: PD Journal (www.pdjournal.com)

Release Date: 06/11/2014

A special stage full of fun jazz ‘harmony’ will be held as it celebrates 10th anniversary of the program <Space Gonggam>. The interplay created by jazz musicians that represent Korea will be a present from Korean Jazz to a program that has been broadcasted for last 10 years.

The event, created and directed by four musicians in charge of supporting Korean jazz a middle man – Jongdae Oh (Drums), Dohun Lee (Drums), Changhyun Kim (Bass), Soonyong Lee (Bass), will be joined by figurative musicians that will allow people to see the stream of Korean jazz history starting with Sungjo Jung, the 1st generation of Korean jazz saxophonist, Jungsik Lee, a musician who can reinterpret wide range of music from avant-garde free jazz to old pop, Jiseok Kim, well-recognized saxophonist based on its solid technics, and Pureum Jin, a rare mainstream female saxophonist that is very hard to find in Korea...

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Female Saxophonist Pureum Jin

Source: KyopoShinmun (www.kyoposhinmun.com)

Release Date: 08/15/2012

Berlin – A young and attractive looing lady, Pureum Jin’s saxophone had a deep and laud sound as if she has had a long years of life experience. I was intrigued by the fact that a girl, as small as she, is playing the saxophone.

Last night on August 2nd, a quartet comprised of a saxophonist, pianist, bassist, and a drummer got on a stage at Korean Culture Center. Although the music was being played by four instruments, I could not help but to focus on the playing by the leader of the band, Pureum Jin.

The show in Berlin marked the final performance of their tour in Europe for the last 3 weeks, since team, Pureum Jin on alto sax, Minchan Kim on drums, Paul Kirby on piano, and Martin Zenker on bass, left Korea...

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EJBF 2012: Paul Kirby East-West

Source: Edinburgh Guide (www.edinburghguide.com)

Release Date: 07/31/2012

In amongst the crowd-pleasing hurly-burly and boogie-woogie brought to Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival audiences courtesy of Jools Holland, Curtis Stigers and Kyle Eastwood in terms of mainstream jazz, it was good to come across a few smaller gigs which show that modern jazz still has a few tricks up its sleeves.

This year, a fair few of these shows took place in the Bosco Theatre in George Square. The smallest of the three pavilions erected to lure in the masses once the Edinburgh Fringe goes into hyperdrive, the Bosco also suffers from poor air conditioning, zero soundproofing and seating which would make a church pew seem comfy...

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Rising Star 2012 - Five Young Lions that will lead Korean Jazz Scene

Source: Jazz People Magazine

Release Date: February, 2012

Bonam Koo / Hyemi Kim / Pureum Jin / Minchan Kim / Myunggun Lee

This year, “Rising Star” becomes the fifth year since its inception in 2008. Rising Star, young artists that are gaining much attention in the fields of diverse cultural fields, such as music and movies, means much more than just a selection of artists, as it recognizes their potential and sponsors their growth. This year’s selected rising stars from Korean jazz scene are considered to be ‘The Best’ as they are the ones that are the most active musicians in the field of jazz. Even more, their average age is 26.2 years. It is drawing more attention as it represents that their career has just started. Editors from Jazz People and Jazz musicians have participated in the selection of this year’s rising stars and Taekyun Jeong helped with the pictures. (Venue sponsor: Evans Lounge) ...

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