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
May 24th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich's Vince Guaraldi Tribute Ensemble @ LA Jazz Institute Festival
Larry Vuckovich, who was Vince Guaraldi's only student and who performed in Vince's two-piano quintet Powder Keg, presents an authentic, first hand musical portrait of the Bay Area native and internationally acclaimed pianist: The Jazz & Latin Side of Vince Guaraldi. We have been honored to be invited to the prestigious LA Jazz Institute Festival which is paying tribute to a number of the great West Coast jazz musicians who were an integral part at Hermosa Beach Lighthouse. Vince Guaraldi performed at the Lighthouse at various times with such greats as Stan Levey, Conte Candoli, Leroy Vinnegar, Frank Rosolino, and numerous others. Larry Vuckovich will perform a premier of Vince's original composition, “Blue Lullaby” – never recorded by Vince. Vince's famous duets with Bola Sete will also be showcased. In addition, the program will include Vince Guaraldi's foremost, first choice, repertoire of swinging jazz, Latin/Brazilian, as well as some of his pop hits including "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". Also on the program, the quintet will perform Cal Tjader’s hip mambo “Viva Cepeda” dedicated to Orlando Cepeda.
Venue: Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 West Century Blvd., LA 90045
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Tickets: (562) 200-5477 www.lajazzinstitute.org
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Josh Workman, guitar / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Littleton, bass / Chuck McPherson, drums
May 29th, Friday
Larry Vuckovich's Beyond Category Trio, featuring the master Latin/jazz / Middle Eastern percussionist Vince Delgado @ The Trident in Sausalito
Larry Vuckovich and the Beyond Category Trio, are featuring this evening the creative Latin / jazz / Middle Eastern percussionist Vince Delgado, who has performed with the greatest masters of that genre including musicians from Turkey and India. Vince has traveled with Ali Akbar Kahn, Zakir Hussian and other greats to festivals and concerts in Europe and India. Vince is featured on several Larry Vuckovich CD's and is a member of Larry's innovative Crosswinds: Global Jazz Journey. Mike Hallesy, one of the authentic, versatile and swinging bassists, being equally at home with various styles of jazz, completes the trio.
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: Vince Delgado, Latin/Middle Eastern percussion / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Mike Hallesy, bass
June 5th, Friday
Alto saxophone great Charles McPherson and his Quartet perform for the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, produced by Harvey Mittler
Charles McPherson, the leading alto saxophonist in jazz, makes a special appearance in the wine country. Charles, the leading exponent of the Charlie Parker legacy, is also the main voice of today's updated modern alto saxophone style. He has performed with such greats as Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Jay McShan, Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis and many others. Charles and Larry started their association in '78 at Keystone Korner. From then on they continued with numerous concerts and recordings together culminating with performances at the major venues in New York such as the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, and in San Francisco at the former Sonny Buxton’s Milestones and at Pete Douglas' Bach Society in Half Moon Bay. Their last appearance at the San Jose Jazz Festival was one of the highlights of that weekend. Special guest alto saxophonist Andrew Speight, an excellent bebop interpreter will do some duets withs Charles. The young, up and coming alto saxophonist, Stephen Lugerner, will also make a guest appearance.
Venue: The location is the El Palo Alto room at the new Palo Alto Community Center (next to the new Mitchell Park Library)
Admission: $35 for PAJA members (limit of 2 at this price); $40 general admission; $15 students
Time: 7:30 PM; presented in a cabaret setting – tables and chairs- and wine and soft drinks will be available.
Featuring: Charles McPherson, alto / Andrew Speight, alto / Steven Lugerner, alto / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass / Austin Harris, drums.