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
September 24, Sunday afternoon
Larry Vuckovich's Vince Guaraldi Tribute Quintet @ Lucy Mercer’s Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley – Vince's home town for the last 10 years of his life
Larry Vuckovich is honored to bring a tribute to his former teacher Vince Guaraldi to the Throckmorton Theatre. After receiving enthusiastic receptions at both the Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals, this quintet will perform Vince Guaraldi’s true Jazz/Latin/funky side. That’s the music he loved to play and felt closets to. Vince became famous for his Peanuts/Charlie Brown music including his Charlie Brown’s Christmas TV specials. Larry, who was Vince’s only student and was chosen by Vince to play in his two piano quintet Powder Keg, presents an authentic first-hand musical portrait of the Bay Area native and internationally acclaimed pianist. Mill Valley, a place that Vince always loved, was his last hometown after moving from San Francisco. Vince lived there for over 10 years. This tribute to him is a first for Mill Valley and it should be a very festive event. We are honored to have Dia Guaraldi, Vince’s daughter, as our special guest. Also, Noah Griffin will be the MC and will sing Vince’s holiday classic, Christmas Time Is Here.
Venue: Throckmorton Theatre 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $15 more gives a special seat
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Massanari, guitar / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass / Akira Tana, drums / Noah Griffin, vocals & MC
October 1, Sunday afternoon
La Orquesta El Vucko @ Tucker Farm Center, Calistoga
Larry Vuckovich returns to Tucker Farm Center by popular demand bringing La Orquesta El Vucko a unique Latin band offering a wide-ranging repertoire of Afro-Cuban salsa, South America classics, Mexican boleros, plus jazz classics by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk & Duke Ellington, all played in Latin rhythms. Another feature which stands out in today’s jazz scene is the Great American Songbook of rare standards played in Latin style as well as World Music including Balkan, Russian, Gypsy-Roma with a Latin touch. Soulful vocalist/percussionist/dancer Valeriana Quevedo sings both in Spanish the Latin classics, as well as the American rare standards in English. Congurero/bonguero Hector Lugo, in addition, brings his romantic vocal sound. Dynamic master timbalero Louis Romero adds his authentic rhythmic touch along with veteran bassist Jeff Chambers who rounds out the group. These stimulating Latin rhythms are perfectly suited for dancing, besides listening. There will be space available for dancing.
Venue: Tucker Farm Center 1201 Tucker Road, Calistoga, CA 94515
Admission: $20 advance/$25 at the door
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Information: Brown Paper Tickets
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Valeriana Quevedo, vocals / Louis Romero, percussion / Hector Lugo, congas, vocals / Jeff Chambers, bass
October 14th, Saturday
Adam Shulman and Larry Vuckovich Duo @ Immanuel Lutheran Church in Los Altos
This is a refreshing and seldom heard format in which Larry has had some memorable experiences. He played with a successful two piano quartet Powder Keg with Vince Guaraldi and with other noted pianists like Lou Levy, Buddy Montgomery and Hod O’Brien. This evening’s piano duo will feature the young acclaimed Bay Area pianist, Adam Shulman, with whom Larry has excellent chemistry. Adam leads his own groups and plays with a plethora of Bay Area top musicians like Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz and Patrick Wolff as well as internationally known artists. As a student at UC Santa Cruz, he studied with the great pianist Smith Dobson and the trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown. He received his degree in classical performance under the tutelage of the Russian pianist Maria Ezerova. Larry, who was born in Montenegro, continues to tour nationally and internationally, including an appearance with his Jazz-Latin quartet at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Larry also performs at major Bay Area venues such as Yoshi’s, SFJazz Center, Monterey Jazz Festival and Bach Dancing and Dynamite.
Venue: Immanuel Lutheran Church 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos, CA 94024
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (650) 987-4906
Featuring: Adam Shulman, piano / Larry Vuckovich, piano