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
April 3rd, Friday
Larry Vuckovich Beyond Category Trio, featuring vocalist/percussionist Valeriana Quevedo @ the Trident in Sausalito
Valeriana Quevedo will perform her diverse repertoire of classic standards and melodic/rhythmic Latin selections. Creating a mood of romance, she will also include a swinging repertoire. Valeriana's beautiful vocal interpretations of great standards as "This is Always", " Stardust" , along with classic Latin selections of "Tres Palabras," "Perfidia," and "Frenesi", are memorable. Valeriana will also play bongos and maracas. Swinging bassist Mike Hallesy will complete the trio.
Venue: The Trident in Sausalito 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
Admission: No cover – Cocktails, dinner and appetizers are available.
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Information: (415) 331–3232
Featuring: Valeriana Quevedo, vocals, percussion / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Mike Hallesy, bass
April 11th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich in a duo concert, with the master violinist, Eric Golub, at Forest Hill Christian Church: Saturday, April 11th. A wide ranging program of World Music including selections from Middle East/Balkan ethnic Gypsy – Roma, Tango Jazz & Classical Music influences, Hard Bop & more.
Pianist Larry Vuckovich returns to Forest Hill Christian Church, this time in a duo setting with his long-time musical partner, master violinist, Eric Golub. Larry and Eric go back to 1980 when they first recorded the pioneering, landmark LP, “Blue Balkan.” This album is recognized as the first release which fused Balkan ethnic music with American Jazz in the US, thus making Larry a pioneer in this genre. This LP has since been re-released in a CD format in 2002 with added new material and has received high praise from major publications/critics, one of which is the esteemed New York critic, Gary Giddins. Gary chose " Blue Balkan: Then & Now " for his top CD list of that year in the Village Voice. Larry and Eric will cover a wide ranging program of music as described above. The beautiful Steinway and the acoustics at the church hall, in addition to the free parking lot adjacent to the Church, are important features of this event.
Venue: Forest Hill Christian Church 250 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Admission: $15 Suggested donation
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 566-1414 church phone; (415) 890-4342 concert ticket info
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Eric Golub, violin, viola
May 9th, Saturday
Internationally acclaimed vocalist Jackie Ryan sings the Great American Songbook, plus Jazz & World Music Classics @ Piedmont Piano
Jackie's current CD, "Listen Here", featuring the renowned John Clayton Trio, (John is a Grammy Award winning bassist, took the #1 spot on America's JazzChart remaining there for 8 weeks. Jackie's last few CD's consistently reached the number one place on national radio airplay charts. One of the most versatile vocalists in jazz, Jackie possesses a most wide ranging repertoire including special standards, jazz-bebop classics/ vocalese, Latin American Boleros, Brazilian hits, soulful Blues, jazz interpretations of French and Italian standards. Larry and Jackie have a twenty year history of working together. Their dynamic musical chemistry is on a level matching other well known vocal/ piano duos. Their recordings received top reviews and they have toured in Europe… as a special treat for our listeners we’ll be serving wines and assorted cheeses.
Venue: Piedmont Piano Company 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 8:00 PM
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Jackie Ryan, vocals / Larry Vuckovich, piano