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
February 3rd, Saturday 7:30 pm - 10 pm
Larry Vuckovich's Three Generations in 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 a swinging trio of three different generations to Café Pink House. Together this trio will combine 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
March 17, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's Vince Guaraldi Tribute Quintet presented by the Vallejo Jazz Society @ The Empress Theatre in Vallejo
Larry Vuckovich is honored to bring a tribute to his former teacher Vince Guaraldi to The Empress 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.
Venue: Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590
Admission: $10 for Vallejo Jazz Society members; $20 General
Time: 6:00 PM
Tickets: empresstheatre.org 707-552-2400
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Massanari, guitar / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass / Akira Tana, drums
April 22nd, Sunday
Origins of Latin Jazz - Cuban Melodic/Rhythmic Connection - Rare Jazz Instrument/Vocal Gems with Larry Vuckovich @ California Jazz Conservatory – The JAZZSCHOOL
Master jazz pianist and long-time veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene Larry Vuckovich returns to the CJC and presents the Origins of Latin Jazz melodies and rhythms. Cuba played a major role in both of these elements. La Habanera Rhythm pattern was used in the 19th century by the French composer Bizet. Further on combined with African rhythms and Cuban rhythmic and melodic elements, this music developed into a sophisticated jazz influential form. Larry Vuckovich will bring out the music of famous Cuban composers such as Ernesto Lecuona and Oswaldo Farres. He will also include and present the styles and developments of Cuban music which followed later. Hearing and experiencing the modern version of this music firsthand at the famed Black Hawk club in San Francisco by the great band that Cal Tjader had, left a strong impression. Cal Tjader's quintet was one of the top Latin bands in the country, having such personnel as Mongo Santamaria on congas, Willie Bobo on timbales/drums, Al McKibbon on bass and Vince Guaraldi on piano. In the second part of this workshop, rare instrumental and vocal seldom heard gems, that left an important mark in this art form, will be presented.
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Admission: Advance $35 - Day of Workshop $45
Time: 12:00 PM (Noon) – 3:00 PM
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano