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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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 →

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Upcoming Concerts & Events
April 15th, Sunday

Larry Vuckovich in Solo Concert with commentary @ Wunderman House, Mountain View
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 will present a diverse program that will also include some insights into Great American composers: Victor Young and Harry Warren. He will give some of their interesting history – not typically known. 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: Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View, CA
Admission: $25
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Information: for tickets call 707.299.9964
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano

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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


May 6th, 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 general, $15 students. Online reservations required: Reserve Tickets
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Information: info@maybeckstudio.org
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano

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