Creative Jazz Clinic Velenje
It would perhaps be more accurate to say that Pukl revived rather than established the clinic, as it is an acknowledged successor to the series of jazz workshops organised by the late Croatian vibraphonist Boško Petrović at the Max Club in Velenje, which ran for five years from 2000.
Today the clinic is organised by Jazz Velenje Cultural Association, of which Pukl is the chairman, Velenje Festival and the Fran Korun Koželjski Music School, and supported by the Municipality of Velenje.
The number of students and younger jazz and free jazz players attending the clinic has grown steadily over the years, from 44 in 2016 to over 70 in 2020. Places are limited, with attendance by prior application only and on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for a week of workshops and masterclasses was 300 US dollars in 2020.
Mentors and performers
Creative Jazz Clinic Velenje has been successful in attracting some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz, particularly from the US, to perform, give masterclasses and lead workshops, with several returning for subsequent visits. A very selective list would include drummers Han Bennink (NL), Gregory Hutchinson (US), Jeff "Tain" Watts (US), Nasheet Waits (US), Doug Hammond (US) and Žan Tetičkovič (SI), bassists Robert Jukič (SI), Reggie Washington (US) and Joe Sanders (US), saxophonist Melissa Aldana (CL/US), guitarists Femi Temowo (UK) and Jani Moder (SI), vibraphonist Joel Ross (US), vocalist Emilia Mårtensson (SE), pianist Kaja Draksler (SI), and trumpeters Philip Dizack (US), Peter Evans (US) and Raynald Colom (FR/ES).
As one of Pukl's other stated aims is to help "develop a jazz audience", concerts are organised for the public at the end of each day, and can attract audiences of up to 200. These are held at various locations around the town, including the Max Club, Velenje Cultural Centre, Velenje Gallery and the Fran Korun Koželjski Music School, which is where the workshops and masterclasses have taken place since the clinic's inception in 2016.
- Jazz Velenje Cultural Association
- Max Club
- Velenje Festival
- Fran Korun Koželjski Music School
- Municipality of Velenje
- Velenje Cultural Centre
- Velenje Gallery
- Clinic website
- Jazz Clinic Instagram page
- Article announcing the revival of the Jazz Clinic, Delo, February 2016
- Preview of the 2018 Jazz Clinic, Slovenske Novice, February 2018
- Preview of the 2019 Jazz Clinic, Centralala.si, January 2019
- Preview of the 2020 Jazz Clinic, Radio Fantasy, February 2020
- Extensive collection of articles and notices on the 2020 Jazz Clinic
- 2020 Jazz Clinic concert poster, Reggie Washington official website