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 21st, Saturday
All-Star Latin/Jazz Quartet @ Forest Hill Concerts
The All-Star Latin/Jazz Quartet is comprised of John Santos, Larry Vuckovich, Jeff Chambers plus the multilingual vocalist VALERIANA QUEVEDO. Collectively these Jazz/Latin veterans have played with the likes of Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D'Rivera, Jose Mangual, and more. One of their specialties is transforming the timeless, beautiful melodies from the Great American Songbook to jazz rhythms and flavors including boleros, cha-chas, mambos, and sambas. The sound of this quartet is unique – you're in for an exciting experience! . . . Soulful vocalist/percussionist/dancer Valeriana Quevedo sings in Spanish, Latin classics as well as the American rare standards in English.
Venue: Forest Hill Concerts 250 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94116
Admission: $20 at the door.
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Tickets: (415) 890-4342 Forest Hill Concerts offers refreshments and is a short walk from Forest Hill MUNI station • Free parking!
Featuring: Valeriana Quevedo, vocals/ Larry Vuckovich, piano / Hector Lugo, Latin percussion / Ken Okada, bass
November 11th, Saturday
THE ART OF THE BALLAD – A Demonstration, Lecture and Workshop on Melodic and Lyrical Beauty in Jazz with Larry Vuckovich @ JB Piano Co. in San Rafael
Master jazz pianist and long-time veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene Larry Vuckovich brings for the first time to the JB Piano Co. some important influential jazz elements. The Art of the Ballad concept will be exemplified, playing ballads in different formats, such as in 3/4 rhythm, in Bolero and bossa tempos as well as in groovy 4/4 walking style feel. Bebop style ballad playing will be exemplified as well, showing that special bebop phrasing with sophisticated syncopation and variation in dynamics. Rubato interpretation of the ballad will be emphasized as well. The demonstration will include hands-on participation with instrumentalists and vocalists in attendance in attendance.
The importance of lyricism and melodic beauty in jazz will be showcased and will be demonstrated at the piano by Larry Vuckovich, who will also cite and play examples of the great ballad interpreters such as Lester Young, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Brew Moore, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, and other greats. Also on the menu, the substitute changes in classic standards — the re-harmonization of the great tunes will be shown where the original message of the composition stays intact, without losing the beauty of the composition. Special voicings of jazz harmony and piano touch will be shown. Ballads offer such a wide range of moods, tempos, flavors, thus creating a variety of stylistic and creative interpretations. Jazz lovers who do not play an instrument will be able to appreciate this presentation by getting closer to this music.
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. He was the only student of Vince Guaraldi.
Venue: JB Piano Co. 540 Irwin St., San Rafael, CA 94901
Donation, suggested: $25 Checks can be mailed to Larry Vuckovich, 913 Champagne S., Calistoga, CA 94515
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: 707-299-9964 or (415) 456-9280
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano
December 3rd, Sunday afternoon
Larry Vuckovich's 81st Birthday: Solo Piano, Duet Intimacy & Improvisational Dialogue @ Piedmont Piano/Sunday afternoon Jeff Chambers, one of the most versatile and acclaimed bassists on the international scene, joins Larry Vuckovich in an duo format. Larry will open with some solo piano selections, after which he will bring Jeff to the stage.
Larry and Jeff have an association, going back to almost 30 years of performing together. They have a close musical rapport performing a variety of styles, from swinging bebop, contemporary jazz, Brazilian/Latin, bluesy Boogaloo funky material, Balkan and in other world music & more. After a couple of solo piano selections or so, Larry will bring Jeff on stage for some creative and swinging musical dialogue. As always, we will bring special treats: assorted cheeses, hummus, olives, and wines, to express thanks to our jazz listeners. 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: 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass