Lifetime Achievement Award
Larry will be honored in August at the Nišville Festival in Serbia (8/8/19 - 8/11/19). He will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for being the only jazz musician from the former Yugoslavia, residing and performed with numerous greats in the US for over 60 years. Larry is scheduled to appear at the Nišville Festival in Serbia as a guest soloist with the big band. Larry will also present a jazz piano workshop.
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
March 23rd, Saturday Afternoon Jazz in Calistoga
Bay Area All Star Latin/Jazz/Brazilian/Quartet Featuring John Santos - 5 Time Grammy Nominee Latin Percussionist, Plus a new jazz vocal discovery: Charity Goodin-Sanen @Tucker Farm Center, Calistoga
Percussionist John Santos, Larry Vuckovich and Jeff Chambers, will perform Latin Top Hits, Rare Standards, As well as Jazz and Bossa Nova Favorites. New major vocal discovery on the jazz scene: Charity Goodin – Sanen has been added to this program
Vocalist Charity Goodin-Sanen is a fresh new voice on the Bay Area and the national jazz scenes. She has an amazingly diverse repertoire including the Latin/Brazilian classics, jazz standards from the books of Horace Silver Wayne Shorter, Count Basie, plus rare standards from the Great American Songbook….The All-Star Bay Area Latin/Jazz Trio features three jazz veterans including John Santos (5 time Grammy nominee), Larry Vuckovich and Jeff Chambers. Collectively they have performed with the likes of Cal Tjader, Pete Escovedo, Vince Guaraldi, Bobby Hutcherson, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D'Rivera, José Mangual and more. You'll experience their diverse talents performing spontaneous, improvised Latin jazz as well as classic standards. Speaking of standards, one of their specialties is transforming the timeless, beautiful melodies of the Great American Songbook to Latin rhythms and flavors, including boleros, cha-cha's, and mambos. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Tucker Farm Center 1201 Tucker Road Calistoga, CA 94515
Admission: Tickets: $25
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tickets:Brown Paper Tickets 707.774-1672
Featuring: John Santos, Latin percussion, / Charity Goodin-Sanen, vocals/ Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass
April 7th, Sunday Afternoon [SOLD OUT]
Duke Ellington Concert Celebrating Bruce & " The Duke " on Sunday Afternoon, April 7th, @ Blue Note, Napa, CA
Bruce Hopewell was instrumental in originating the Napa Valley Jazz Society together with Bill Hart. Bruce moved to Napa Valley a number of years ago, and prior to that he presented many great jazz musicians in top concerts in New York and on the East Coast. Duke Ellington was Bruce Hopewell's favorite musician and a month of April, being Duke Ellington's birthday, is always the time to honor this great bandleaders/composer. Bruce Hopewell passed away last year and he will always be remembered for presenting so much great jazz in Napa including such greats as Randy Weston and Jimmy Cobb. Today's music will include some of Duke’s well-known selections, as well as some of his lesser known great songs. Plus, several timeless compositions of Billy Strayhorn will be played. The All-Star Bay Area sextet features the wonderful smooth voice of Clairdee, whom I named Mme. Silk. The frontline of trumpeter Joel Behrman and multi-reed saxophone player. Noel Jewkes, is a most authentic one. These cats have been around for a long time and understand the music of Ellington/Strayhorn. The rhythm section made up of jazz veterans: bassist Doug Miller, drummer Leon Joyce and myself on piano, have performed for many years with numerous jazz masters. Interestingly enough, in the early 60s, I did a two-week engagement with a trio, playing intermissions on a bill with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Bassist Doug Miller actually was a member of the new Duke Ellington Orchestra performing/traveling with them. Don't miss this memorable concert!
Venue: Blue Note 1030 Main St., Napa, CA 94559 (Downstairs in Napa Opera House)
Admission: $25 NVJS Members / $45 Non Members
Tickets: Purchase Tickets
Time: 4:00PM (2 sets)
Information: For tickets, call 707-224-JAZZ
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Clairdee, vocals / Joel Behrman, trumpet / Noel Jewkes, multi- reeds / Doug Miller, bass / Leon Joyce, drums
April 14th, Sunday Afternoon
Internationally Acclaimed Jazz/Multilingual Vocalist- Jackie Ryan, with Larry Vuckovich & Jeff Chambers @ Piedmont Piano/Sunday afternoon
Jackie Ryan, called by Jazz Times "One of the outstanding vocalists of her generation, and possibly of all time." Jackie comes for the first time to the Wunderman House in Mountain View. She will be singing her amazingly diverse program of swinging standards, Latin/Brazilian classics including beautiful boleros, sambas plus blues, soulful selections, and her beautiful romantic ballads. This trio combination with pianist Larry Vuckovich and bassist Jeff chambers, showcases close musical chemistry. There have been performing since the 90s and have developed a powerful presentation. Don't miss this special program in this unique, former speakeasy, which now is a comfortable residential home with an excellent acoustical concert venue. Refreshments including various wines and cheeses are available.
Venue: Piedmont Piano New Oakland store 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $25 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Jackie Ryan, vocals / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass