Pureum Jin Pureum Jin

Pureum Jin is a South Korea-born, NYC-based award-winning saxophonist, arranger, and composer, establishing herself as one of the leading figures in the jazz world with her recently released album ‘The Real Blue’ through Cellar Live in June 2019. The title of the album ‘The Real Blue’ is a direct translation of her Korean name in English, as the tunes reflect the journey of her life and career after coming to the US – struggling as a woman, immigrant, and a mother, but moving forward with the love and support of family and friends. Pianist and executive producer Jeremy Manasia has put together an all-star lineup, including the great Willie Jones III on drums, and rising stars Luke Sellick on bass, and Sabeth Perez on vocals. Since its release, the album has been receiving rave reviews from prestige jazz magazines, such as a 4-star review from Downbeat on its September issue, being featured as one of the albums on Jazz at Lincoln Center blog’s June New Release Round-up, making a cover of Jazz People Magazine in Korea, etc.

Starting her career in early 2000s in Korea and relocating to the US in 2015 to attend master’s program at MSM, Pureum has been building her brand as a notable jazz icon in both Korea and international jazz scene; a driving force and a leader in the continuing movement of women in jazz. She had been staging in major international jazz festivals as both a leader and sideman including Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (Scotland, 2012), Takatsuki Jazz Street (Japan, 2010), Seoul Jazz Festival (Korea, 2013), Jarasum International Jazz Festival (Korea, 2009-2014), Jazz Korea Festival (Germany 2012 and 2013), DC Jazz Fest (US, 2018), and GREC Music Festival (Spain, 2018) just to name a few. She was chosen as one of the five rising stars by prestige Korean jazz magazine Jazz People in 2012 and made one of the top five finalists in Jarasum International Jazz Concours (Korea) in the same year. She was also selected as one of the two next generation Korean jazz icons to perform at EBS Space Gonggam on TV in 2015, celebrating their 10-year anniversary of the program.

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”...Like Woods in his early years, she’s one of those players who sounds like she was never a beginner, already having found her tone, speed of execution and a generously filled ideas bag. Not many young players can put out an hour of top-tier material without filler...” - Downbeat Magazine Review

”...Albums like The Real Blue are worth waiting for. The reward, for the listener, comes in the form of Pureum’s warmth and ingenuity, her confidence and her commitment to her own artistic vision. This album is a gem. Now that it’s finally in the light, we can perceive its brilliance...” - Brian Zimmerman, JAZZIZ Magazine

“...Her improvisation is based on the flow of her conscious, boldly blocks rational decisions for original musical language, and reacts to flowing music with language of jazz

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

John Coltrane John Coltrane
Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
saxophone, tenor
Jackie McLean Jackie McLean
saxophone, alto
Hank Mobley Hank Mobley
saxophone, tenor


Albums by Pureum Jin


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