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
December 17, Saturday
An All-Star Latin/Jazz Trio with John Santos, Larry Vuckovich, Jeff Chambers plus the multilingual vocalist Jackie Ryan @ JB Piano Company.
Collectively these three jazz/Latin veterans have played with the likes of Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D'Rivera, Jose Mangual, & 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 trio is unique – you're in for an exciting experience... Multilingual vocalist Jackie Ryan will sing some top South American hits including Brazilian favorites and romantic Mexican boleros as well as mambo and cha cha selections. The acoustics in this venue are excellent as well as the beautiful German classic Schiedmayer. Free parking and refreshments are available, including top wine and cheeses.
Venue: The JB Piano Co. 540 Irwin St, San Rafael, CA 94901
Admission: $20 at the door.
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Tickets: Call 415-456-9280
Featuring: Jackie Ryan, vocals/ Larry Vuckovich, piano / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass
January 5, Thursday
Larry Vuckovich’s Benny Goodman Tribute Sextet with Jackie Ryan @ Yoshi’s Jack London Square
By popular demand, Larry Vuckovich brings a premier performance of the music of Benny Goodman to Yoshi's Oakland. The sextet will perform some stimulating selections from Benny Goodman's 1938 famous Carnegie Hall concert, as well as some of the great hits featuring the renowned Benny Goodman sidemen. The musicians in this ensemble are world-class players that have toured and performed with famous bands worldwide. Among the top sextet members are Noel Jewkes, playing Goodman's role; Tommy Kesecker, saluting Lionel Hampton; Jeff Massanari, emulating Charlie Christian; Larry Vuckovich pays homage to Teddy Wilson; and outstanding bassist Jeff Chambers and dynamic drummer Harold Jones. Former Duke Ellington and Count Basie drummer, Harold for the last few years has been touring with Tony Bennett. We are fortunate to have this master swinging drummer for this event… Featured vocalist Jackie Ryan commands one of the most beautiful and soulful voices on the jazz scene today. She will perform some of Benny Goodman’s famous hit vocals.
Venue: Yoshi's 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
Time: 8 PM
Featuring: Jackie Ryan, vocals / Noel Jewkes, clarinet / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Tommy Kesecker, vibes / Jeff Massanari, guitar / Jeff Chambers, bass / Harold Jones, drums
January 8, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich in solo concert @ Maybeck Hall, Berkeley
An interesting diverse program of American Standard Classics (Gershwin, Ellington, Porter), Jazz styles of various eras, World Music – Balkan/Gypsy – Roma, Latin/Brazilian/Tango Jazz & Classical Music influences. Pianist Larry Vuckovich came to San Francisco in 1951 as a teenager from Montenegro – former Yugoslavia. He was fortunate to experience the heyday of jazz of which the '50s decade had some of the richest and most diverse developments happening. He heard such great big bands as Harry James, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman as well as small groups as Miles Davis, MJQ, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Sonny Rollins, just to name a few. He brings to the solo piano format all the impressions he absorbed from that period and more which developed later throughout his performances with the masters Mel Torme, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Charles McPherson, Tom Harrell & more. He was fortunate to study classical piano at SF State with the noted Russian classical master pianist Vladimir Brenner. Larry Vuckovich is recognized for his piano touch where he incorporates some European classical themes fused with jazz. Larry is also recognized as a pioneer in the U.S. for combining the Balkan Folk influences with Jazz which is found on his landmark recording "Blue Balkan" featuring Bobby Hutcherson. We hope you will join us for a unique solo piano presentation.
Venue: Maybeck Hall 1537 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, CA 94708
Admission: $25 Online reservations required: Reserve Tickets
Time: 3:00 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano