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
October 25th, Saturday
The Gualala Arts Series proudly presents an intimate musical duet with vocalist Jackie Ryan and Larry Vuckovich in association with Fred Adler, KTDE 100.5 FM : Jackie Ryan and Larry Vuckovich display a close musical/creative rapport, which goes back over 20 years. Their repertoire is most diverse featuring jazz classics, rare standards, South American boleros, Brazilian, blues & more. Special guest: Francis Vanek, a soulful and melodic saxophonist will be appearing on a few selections.
Gualala Arts Presents: An intimate piano and voice duet displaying close musical chemistry between a wonderful voice of Jackie Ryan and seasoned, creative accompaniment by Larry Vuckovich, who has accompanied such vocalists as Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Irene Kral, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Anita O'Day, Bobby McFerrin and many more. The rapport between Jackie and Larry covers various areas of jazz styles and variations of tempos. The music has richness and depth, displaying a strong rhythmic feel without having a rhythm section, just like in chamber music. Sensitive and melodic saxophonist, Francis Vanek will add further musical color on a few selections.
Venue: Gualala Arts Center 46501 Gualala Road, Gualala, CA
Admission: $28 adults, $14 for youth (7-17) in advance. $5 more, day of concert, if available.
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Tickets: Purchase tickets online or at 800-838-3006
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jackie Ryan, vocals / Francis Vanek, sax
November 16th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich La Orquesta El Vucko, featuring the exciting rhythm team of two Latin masters: timbalero David Flores & conguero Hector Lugo @ The Sound Room
Larry Vuckovich's La Orquesta El Vucko performs an all Latin program at the Sound Room. This evening's concert will present classic Latin and jazz standards featuring a stellar cast of the most seasoned Latin jazz musicians, such as young master timbalero David Flores, conguero Hector Lugo, and veteran bassist John Wiitala. The repertoire will include special selections by Thelonious Monk in Latin style, as well as rare classic standards in bolero rhythm. Conguero Hector Lugo, possessing a beautiful romantic voice, will sing attractive Latin songs. The news of the revival of La Orquesta El Vucko has created a lot of positive buzz among the Bay Area jazz and Latin lovers.
Venue: The Sound Room 2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door if available.
Time: 4:00 PM. Two sets
Information: (415) 994-3501
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / David Flores, timbales / Hector Lugo, congas / John Wiitala, bass
November 23, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich Beyond Theory/ Clinical Elements Piano Workshop/Performance – Unsung Heroes of Jazz Piano @ The JAZZSCHOOL
For both musicians and fans, renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. As in the past workshops, he will feature recordings of the masters and also demonstrate on piano their signature styles. The previous workshop presented the New Orleans sounds of Earl 'Fatha' Hines, moving up through swing era piano styles and on through the bebop era innovations, hard bop, post bop and contemporary piano styles. The new workshop on Sunday, November 23 features the Unsung Heroes of Jazz Piano – lesser know but true jazz masters who have made an impact on the history of this music. They are: Herman Chittison, Billy Kyle, Johnny Guarnieri, Al Haig, Wade Legge, Gil Coggins, Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope, Hampton Hawes, Carl Perkins, Lou Levy, Victor Feldman, Terry Pollard, Shirley Scott, Horace Parlan, Duke Pearson, Albert Dailey, and Sir Roland Hanna.
As a special feature Larry will focus on the importance of pianist Horace Parlan, who made a remarkable achievement under most difficult circumstances, surviving paralysis as a child. Horace, highly regarded by the jazz greats, became a most successful, soulful jazz pianist and recording artist. Another feature of today's program will be women in jazz, highlighting perhaps the most swinging female bebop pianist, Terry Pollard. (Larry will also have a CD sample of her playing). A great Detroit scene pianist, Terry Pollard was also an excellent vibraphonist. When Larry recently mentioned her to Barry Harris, another Detroit great, Barry's comment was "She was the one!" Another pianist/organist of note is Shirley Scott.
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: 12:00PM (Noon) – 3:00 PM
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano