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
July 15th, Sunday afternoon
Classic Jazz Piano/Guitar/Bass Trio format: Hits from Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi, Ahmad Jamaal , Jim Hall and Wynton Kelly trios @ Piedmont Piano
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 to Piedmont Piano featuring the outstanding Bay Area veteran Jeff Chambers on bass, and the young, new discovery on the guitar, Kai Lyons. Don't miss this special concert!
Venue: Piedmont Piano 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM
Tickets: TicketTailor.com (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Kai Lyons, guitar / Jeff Chambers, bass
July 21st, Saturday 7:30 pm - 10 pm
Larry Vuckovich's Powerhouse – Beyond Category Jazz Trio Featuring Jeff Chambers and Jason Lewis @ Café Pink House in Saratoga, CA.
Veteran, internationally acclaimed pianist Larry Vuckovich, who is in his 82nd year, brings his swinging, Powerhouse – Beyond Category Jazz Trio combined of three different generations to Café Pink House. This trio combination has been performing regularly a number of events this year, creating strong chemistry, which only these seasoned veterans can produce. Together this Beyond Category trio will take you on a musical journey and express their collective experiences and present a night of swinging jazz, including bebop contemporary jazz, bluesy/funky sounds, Latin/Brazilian, Balkan Ethnic and other world music. Bassist Jeff Chambers has performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Freddy Hubbard and Ahmad Jamal. Drummer Jason Lewis has performed with James Moody, Taylor Eigsti, Gary Burton. Pianist Larry Vuckovich has worked with such masters as Philly Joe Jones, Dexter Gordon, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, just to name a few. Don't miss this special performance.
Venue: Café Pink House 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Admission: $18 advance, $21 at the door
Time: 7:30 – 10 PM
Information: (408) 647-2273
Tickets: Café Pink House
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass / Jason Lewis, drums
August 5th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich Jazz/Latin Quartet featuring the Puerto Rican Master Percussionist Hector Lugo @ Portola Vineyards Summer Jazz
Jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich is recognized as one of the most versatile on the scene today. His Beyond Category wide-ranging repertoire includes swinging bebop, Afro-Cuban Salsa, Brazilian, ethnic world jazz music including sounds of the Balkans, North Africa, Middle East, Russia, plus funky, bluesy, boogaloo selections, flamenco & tango jazz & more. Besides having performed with such greats as Dexter Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, he has also played with some renowned Latin percussionists like Jose Mangual, Pete Escovedo, Frankie Malabe, John Santos & Hector Lugo. Hector is featured on Larry’s two acclaimed CDs, Street Scene & High Wall: Real Life Film Noir, which have the same instrumentation as in today’s concert. Don’t miss this stimulating program of swinging jazz, hot Latin rhythms, beautiful boleros & a touch of jazz sounds of the Middle East.
Venue: Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Rd, Portola Valley, CA 94028
Admission: Advance Adults $24, Students $12
Time: 6PM-7:30 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Hector Lugo, percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass /Jason Lewis, drums