Larry was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Jazz Musician award at the Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Fest in Brisbane, CA.
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
May 19th, Sunday Afternoon
Celebrating Legacy of Jazz Piano Masters: Workshop of Timeless, Important Influences from the Great Pianists that still remain today, with Larry Vuckovich @ California Jazz Conservatory – The JAZZSCHOOL
Since the beginning of jazz there have been important, original jazz pianists who brought out their styles and influenced countless pianists. The music of these master jazz pianists is timeless today, just as the music of, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel & others. Larry Vuckovich will showcase the creative music of such greats as Art Tatum, Earl Fatha Hines, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Erroll Garner, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner and some of the later ones such as Albert Dailey, who left an important mark on jazz piano playing. Some lesser known ones, who also made an important, original mark in this great music were Carl Perkins, Horace Parlan. Larry will feature the great recordings of these masters, as well as demonstrate their styles on the piano. Pianists are welcome to participate and play after which Larry will add commentary. Vocalist and other instrumentalists also are welcome to participate. Besides the musicians attending this session, jazz listeners who do not play an instrument, are welcome to enjoy and learn more about this great area of jazz.
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Admission: Advance $35 - Day of Workshop $45
Time: 12:00 PM (Noon) – 3:00 PM
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano
May 25th, Saturday
Valeriana Quevedo: Dynamic Jazz, Latin vocalist/dancer/percussionist with Larry Vuckovich and Jeff Chambers @ JB Piano Company in San Rafael
The trio’s specialties are transforming the timeless, beautiful melodies from the Great American Songbook to jazz rhythms including Latin & Brazilian, with the flavors of boleros, & many more. You’re in for a new, exciting experience! Soulful vocalist/percussionist/dancer VALERIANA QUEVEDO will sing some top hits including favorites & romantic Mexican boleros as well as mambo, cha-cha selections and rare standards plus jazz vocalese of Jon Hendrix & King Pleasure. Pianist Larry Vuckovich will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in August at the Nišville Festival in Serbia for being the only jazz musician from the former Yugoslavia, residing & performing with numerous greats in the US for over 60 years. Jeff Chambers, creative veteran bassist, has played with Bobby Hutcherson & Freddie Hubbard among many others. Refreshments will be served
Venue: JB Piano Company 540 Irwin St, San Rafael, CA 94901
Admission: $25 donation suggested
Time: doors open at 6:30 PM – program starts at 7:30pm
Information: (510) 845-5373
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets
Featuring: Valeriana Quevedo, vocals / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass
June 1st, Saturday Afternoon Jazz in Calistoga
Classic Jazz Piano/Guitar/Bass Trio format: Hits from Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi, Ahmad Jamaal , Jim Hall and Wynton Kelly trios @ Tucker Farm Center
Larry Vuckovich presents an exciting jazz historic trio format. Before the modern jazz piano trios of piano/bass/drums such as Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and Hank Jones trio formats, the original jazz piano trio included the combination piano/guitar/bass. Nat King Cole popularized this format. Art Tatum also at times played in this combination. Vince Guaraldi's first recordings were also in this format. One of Jim Hall's favorite recordings was done with Carl Perkins on piano and Red Mitchell on bass. Ahmad Jamal had a very successful trio combination with the guitar, and a hard swinging pianist Wynton Kelly recorded in this combination with Kenny Burrell. Larry Vuckovich is excited to bring this swinging jazz trio concept for the first time to the Tucker Farm Center in Calistoga featuring the outstanding Bay Area veteran Jeff Chambers on bass, and the young, new discovery on the guitar, Kai Lyons. Wines and cheeses will be served. Don't miss this special concert!
Venue: Tucker Farm Center 1201 Tucker Road Calistoga, CA 94515
Admission: Tickets: $25
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets 707.774-1672
Featuring: Kai Lyons, guitar / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass