Somethin' Special (2011) Somethin' Special creates a strong 'Blue Note' flavor of soulful, swinging jazz. The selections reflect the pianist's important early influences, honoring the jazz masters who inspired him when he first began playing jazz.Read more →
High Wall Real Life Film Noir (2008) High Wall: Real Life Film Noir is the sequel to the Larry Vuckovich Street Scene, which placed #1 on XM Satellite Radio for six weeks and hit the Top 10 of JazzWeek and college radio charts.Read more →
Street Scene (2006) Street Scene distills a lifetime journey through jazz of a versatile pianist who has performed with many jazz giants of yesterday and today. Larry Vuckovich has worked with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Charles McPherson and others.Read more →
Welcome to the online home of Larry Vuckovich
Called by Barry Harris "one of the premier west coast pianists." You can hear selections from Larry's latest CDs, Somethin' Special, High Wall, Street Scene, Reunion, Blue Balkan", and Young At Heart", check out photos, see Larry's scheduled appearances, and more. Enjoy the hard-swinging, post-bop, contemporary jazz and world music from this exceptional musician's site. Listen to Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Show featuring Larry. While in New York Larry also performed at the Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club. Also check out the Chuck Sher's newly released "European Real Book" featuring "the best in contemporary jazz from Europe" which includes two of Larry Vuckovich's originals and compositions from other famous musicians such as Toots Thielmans, Joe Zawinul, Django Reinhardt, Victor Feldman and others. Lastly, listen to audio samples of many of Larry's releases!
Larry Vuckovich Hits #2 on Swiss National Radio Jazz Popularity Poll
Swiss National Radio jazz listeners voted Larry Vuckovich's Beyond Category music at #2 on it's Popularity Poll for the week of October 13–20, 2010. The highly creative, versatile jazz pianist placed just behind the fans' #1 favorite, the renowned Jeff Hamilton Trio. View the poll →
Upcoming Concerts & Events
November 22nd, Sunday
IMPORTANT HISTORIC JAZZ GEMS – Seldom Heard Masterpieces with Larry Vuckovich @ California Jazz Conservatory – The JAZZSCHOOL
Master jazz pianist and long-time veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene Larry Vuckovich returns to the CJC to share important and influential jazz history. Presenting lesser or seldom heard recordings from Duke Ellington, early Quincy Jones, Miles Davis & Gil Evans, Boyd Raeburn, Ella, Sarah, the rarely heard bebop bands of Benny Goodman and Harry James, classical music connections with jazz and more. (Have any of you heard about Fred Mergy? Fred was one of the greatest trombonists of his time. Larry Vuckovich will play a rare recording by Fred.) Larry will lead a wide-ranging discussion and a listening session providing illuminating context for each of these great recordings. Larry has surprises in store by introducing even lesser known great musicians who will knock you out. Open to all, and suitable for both musicians and non-musicians.
Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances or recordings with many of the jazz greats including Dexter Gordon, Charles McPherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. Larry has been associated with several piano icons, such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and as the only student of Vince Guaraldi.
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Admission: Advance $30 - Day of Workshop $45
Time: 12:00 PM (Noon) – 3:00 PM
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano
November 28, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's Beyond Category Trio, featuring the outstanding Latin percussionist Daniel Moreno and veteran bassist, Jeff Chambers @ The Trident in Sausalito
Larry Vuckovich presents a first time appearance of internationally acclaimed Latin drummer, Daniel Moreno. Daniel has performed for a number of years in Europe, New York and Africa. His wife Awa Songho, noted Mali ethnic vocalist has recorded with Daniel and other internationally acclaimed musicians. Awa has generously consented to sit in this evening at the Trident which would further add to the diverse music program. Swinging, veteran bassist, Jeff Chambers, has toured with Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Ahmad Jamal bands and has performed with numerous other greats. Looking forward to a stimulating evening of Latin jazz, swinging jazz, and a multi-ethnic flavored evening!
Venue: The Trident in Sausalito 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
Admission: No cover - Cocktails, dinner and appetizers are available.
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Information: (415) 331-3232
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Daniel Moreno, drums / Jeff Chambers, bass / Awa Songho, guest vocalist
December 5th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's 79th Landmark Birthday: Solo Piano, Duet Intimacy & Improvisational Dialogue – Noel Jewkes, one of the great nationally respected multi-reed musicians will join Larry in some intimate/stimulating duets. Noel and Larry are celebrating their 50th year of association, going back to 1965 with Jon Hendricks. As always, we will bring special treats: assorted cheeses, hummus, olives, and wines, to express thanks to our jazz listeners.
Larry Vuckovich will open with some solo selections followed by a duet musical conversation with Noel Jewkes. They will perform classic rare standards, contemporary jazz, Brazilian, Middle-Eastern / Gypsy – Roma and more. As mentioned, Larry and Noel’s 50 year association results in a close musical rapport. We hope you will join us for this special event. Piedmont Piano always has a world class nine foot concert grand on stage- either a Fazioli, or a Yamaha.
Venue: Piedmont Piano - New Oakland store 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 8:00 PM
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Noel Jewkes, multi-reeds