"Overall, Faith is an amazing first effort – if this is what we can expect from Kus, then the future truly is bright.  This young saxophonist has seemingly endless dexterity, masterful control of his breath and a warm round sound that is miles ahead of his years on this earth.  He is one I will definitely watch with an eye towards the future.  I now can see why he was recognized at such a fledgling age for his prowess and promise. Well done, highly recommended."
Sylvannia Garutch, the jazz word

"JAN's beautiful tenor and soprano work is among the best on the scene today, no doubt...pieces like the 8.47 Emptiness will convince you that you are listening to one of the hottest rising stars in the jazz world..."
Rotcod zzaj, Improvijazzation NAtion

"A SLOVENIAN SAXOPHONE PHENOMENON."
Danijela Milic, Leitmotiv Arts

"Call me silly, call me old fashioned, but don’t call me late for dinner-I’m just a sucker for a warm toned tenor, and Jan Kus (who also plays soprano here) fits the bill stupendously here."
George W. harris, Jazz Weekly

 

"His first full-length release as a leader, Faith delivers an excellent lesson in the globally transcendent nature of modern jazz."
       Chris M. Slawecki, All about Jazz

 

Jan Kus – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, composer, arranger, educator

 

Born in 1987, Jan Kus started his musical journey at age 5 in his native country of Slovenia. 
After graduating from the National Conservatory for Music in Ljubljana in 2006, the young recipient of the prestigious scholarship, granted by the Slovenian Ministry of culture, continued his musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands.

 During his time in The Hague he performed with the who’s who on the scene of up and coming young European jazz musicians, playing extensively in The Netherlands, as well as touring internationally throughout Europe (Slovenia, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, and Slovakia).

 In 2012, Jan arrived to New York to pursue his Masters degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College under the tutelage of the great Antonio Hart.

Upon his arrival in New York City, he participated as a core member and composer in the all star – lineup recording sessions of the Ziga Murko 13 brass band, which included Mark TurnerDavid BinneyAlex SipiaginJason Palmer, Dave Taylor, and Josh Roseman among others.

 

During his time at Queens College, Jan started collaborating extensively as a sideman with a number of international musicians he met on the NYC's thriving jazz scene, performing in various formats and musical environments, from piano-less saxophone trios, to large ensembles and big bands, including performances, recording sessions, and special feature solos written for him to perform in the context of a larger ensemble. 

At the time of his studies at Queens College, he was awarded with the prestigious Jimmy Heath Award for his outstanding work.

Today, Jan Kus is an internationally recognized New York-based saxophonist and composer.  In addition to performing and recording with some of today’s biggest names in jazz (Alex Sipiagin, Antonio Hart, Linda Oh, Marko Djordjevic), and being active in a wide variety of musical genres (Traditional to Modern Jazz, Latin jazz, Flamenco, Neo-Soul), he performs his original music on a steady basis throughout the Tri-State Area and Europe, with past performances in Asia and the Caribbean, as the leader of his cross-cultural groups – the  Jan Kus Quartet and Jan Kus & The Slavo-Rican Assembly.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:

Performed and recorded with:

Jimmy Heath, Alex Sipiagin, Antonio Hart, Mark Turner, David Binney, Jason Palmer, Reggie Workman, Linda Oh, Andy Hunter, Jonathan Powell, Chris Potter, Marko Djordjevic, Roman Filiu,  Gabriel Vicéns, Rafael Statin, Carlos Maldonado, Sean Fitzpatrick, Dan Martinez, Dimitrije Vasiljevic, Joel Mateo, Miles Griffith, Marko Churnchetz, Jure Pukl, Lenart Krecic, Igor Lumpert, Igor Bezget, Robert Jukic, Vladimir Kostadinovic, Milan Nikolic, Zan Tetickovic, Sri Hanuraga, Kristijan Krajncan, Ziga Murko, Miguel Rodriguez 

Performed at:

Carnegie Hall, United Nations Headquarters NYC (performance for International Jazz Day). Blue Note Jazz Festival, DROM, Brooklyn Museum, NuBlu NYC - New York City; Jazz Festival Ljubljana, Festival Lent, Jazzinty Abonma, Linhart's hall - Cankar house, Jazz Club Gajo - Slovenia; Mediawave festival, Romer house – Hungary; Groznjan Jazz Festival, BP Club - Croatia; JazzOra Leuwen - Belgium; North Sea Jazz Festival, DIZZY Jazz Cafe – The Netherlands; Ladonas Jazz Festival - Greece; Paradise Jazz Festival – Cyprus 

Recording credits:

-Gal in galeristi – Fetis

-Robert Jukic – Jazz for Masses

-Robert Jukic – Operation Charlie

-Ziga Murko 13 – 13 EP (featuring David Binney, Mark Turner, Jason Palmer, Alex Sipiagin, Dave Taylor)

-Seoyoun Yang – You are there, released March 2014 in South Korea

-Ziga Murko - The Green Room EP

-Yongwon Cho – YWQ, South Korea, 2015

-Sooyoung Chin Jazz Orchestra  - The Fables (featured soloist)

-Jan Kus Quartet - Faith

-Aleksandra Denda - The Dreamer EP (guest soloist on the single "Already Here" feat. Vasuda Sharma), released in March 2016