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
August 4th, Sunday Afternoon
Celebration of Blue Balkan – Larry Vuckovich Lifetime Achievement Award @ Piedmont Piano/Sunday afternoon
LarryVuckovich has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award from his former country, Yugoslavia, as being the only jazz musician from those parts who has performed in the US with numerous greats & received top reviews from the NY Times & major publications. His landmark recording, “Blue Balkan” featuring Bobby Hutcherson, is a pioneering release in the area of World Music, being the first to fuse Balkan ethnic elements with American Jazz. Sychronisticly Larry will be leaving for Serbia the following day to perform at the Nišville Festival where he receives the award. Joining him today will be master violinist, Eric Golub, who performed on the original LP with Bobby Hutcherson, plus Vince Delgado on Middle-Eastern percussion, Coralie Russo on oud, & veteran bassist Jeff Chambers. The esteemed New York critic, Gary Giddins chose “Blue Balkan: Then & Now“ for his top CD list of 2002 in the Village Voice. Besides the Balkan Middle Eastern material, this ensemble will also perform some swinging bebop, jazz/Latin, and some funky Boogaloo material. Don't miss this inspiring performance, which will also be a sendoff to Larry on his trip to the Nišville Jazz Festival in Serbia.
Venue: Piedmont Piano New Oakland store 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $25 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: / Larry Vuckovich, piano /Eric Golub, violin, viola / Vince Delgado, dumbek, Egyptian tambourine/ Coralie Russo, oud/ Jeff Chambers, bass
August 7 – 8, Wednesday/Thursday
Larry Vuckovich Lifetime Achievement Award: Ceremony on Wednesday, August 7th, 5 PM at City Hall in Niš, Serbia; Press Conference Thursday, August 8th at 12 noon, performance 8 PM @ Nišville Jazz Festival, Niš, Serbia
Larry Vuckovich is honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from his former country of Yugoslavia, this time being from the country of Serbia. This August 2019, Larry will receive the award at the Nišville Jazz Festival, where the award will be given on Wednesday, August 7th at City Hall. The following day, August 8th at 12 noon there will be a press conference which will include a number of foreign journalists. Larry Vuckovich will perform the same night, Thursday evening with an All-Star Big Band featuring the acclaimed trumpet player from Serbia, Stjepko Gut. Besides playing with the big band, Larry will also perform in a solo and trio format, plus in a quintet ensemble featuring Stjepko Gut and other top European jazz musicians.
Venue: Earth and Sky Stage
lifetime achievement award: http://nisville.com/en/a-lifetime-achievement-award-to-larry-vuckovic/
Time:Thursday evening, August 8, 8 PM
Tickets: Link →
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Stjepko Gut, trumpet,/ Enzo Favata, saxophone/ Sandro Zerafa, guitar
August 17th, Saturday Afternoon Jazz in Calistoga
Grammy Nominee vocalist Jamie Davis & Larry Vuckovich All Star Quartet (Steve Heckman /Jeff Chambers /Akira Tana) perform the music of Johnny Hartman/blues/great standards/hard swinging jazz@ Tucker Farm Center
Jamie Davis an alumni of The Count Basie Orchestra, travels the world as guest vocalist of Big Bands & Orchestras in UK, Europe, Russia, Asia & USA. He and the Basie Orchestra were nominated f Grammy with the new release, All About That Basie. Jamie was featured at the recent Grammies with Take 6, Kurt Elling and Stevie Wonder. “The rich bass-baritone voice of Jamie Davis proved to be a revelation, and his trio of songs from the classic 1963 John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman album was one of the year’s musical highlights.” Jazzwise Magazine - Peter Quinn. Larry Vuckovich All Star Quartet, a powerful unit, will perform on their own several selections thus making this performance a double bill. Larry has worked with top musicians of various influences, from Jon Hendricks, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Torme, Don Byas, and Red Norvo to today's artists. He has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire. 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 in performing with numerous greats for six decades. Tenor saxophonist Steve Heckman, originally from New York, performed with such greats as Howard McGhee, Slam Stewart and Roswell Rudd. Bassist Jeff Chambers is one of the jazz veterans, having performed with such greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Freddy Hubbard and, Ahmad Jamal. Drummer Akira Tana, also performed with jazz greats including Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Lena Horne and is one of the most versatile drummers in jazz. Don't miss this inspiring afternoon in hearing a vocalist of world-class stature, such as Jamie Davis, plus a powerful, hard swinging all star San Francisco Quartet. Various wines, cheeses will be available for purchase.
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: Jamie Davis, vocals/ Larry Vuckovich, piano /Steve Heckman, tenor saxophone Jeff Chambers, bass /Akira Tana, drums