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 17, Sunday
Virtuoso special guest violinist Carlos Reyes with Larry Vuckovich’s All-Star Latin/Jazz Trio featuring John Santos and Jeff Chambers @ Piedmont Piano
Violinist Carlos Reyes has established an international reputation as an outstanding harpist and violinist. He can be called a virtuoso violinist, not only due to his dazzling technique, but due to his soulful playing and a warm sound that uplifts and affects the audiences spirits. Larry Vuckovich’s All-Star Latin/Jazz Trio, the combination of three Jazz/Latin veterans, have played collectively with the likes of Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D’Rivera, Jose Mangual, & more. One of their specialties is transforming the timeless, beautiful melodies from the Great American Songbook to jazz rhythms and flavors including boleros, cha-chas, mambos, and sambas. The sound of this trio is unique – you’re in for an exciting experience. The acoustics in this venue are excellent as well as the beautiful Yamaha concert grand piano. Instead of evening concerts, this is the first Sunday afternoon concert for us at Piedmont Piano which is more preferable.
Venue: Piedmont Piano 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Admission: $20 Suggested Donation
Time: 4:00 PM
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Carlos Reyes, violin / Larry Vuckovich, piano / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass
April 24, Sunday
ART OF THE BALLAD - Lyricism and Melodic Beauty in Jazz 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 to share important and influential jazz elements The Art of the Ballad concept will be exemplified, playing ballads in different formats, such as in 3/4 rhythm, in Bolero and bossa tempos as well as in groovy 4/4 walking style feel. Bebop style ballad playing will be exemplified as well, showing that special bebop phrasing with sophisticated syncopation and variation in dynamics. Rubato interpretation of the ballad will be emphasized as well. The workshop will include a hands-on participation with pianists in attendance… The importance of lyricism and melodic beauty in jazz, will be showcased and will be demonstrated at the piano by Larry Vuckovich, who will also cite and play examples of the great ballad interpreters such as Lester Young, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Brew Moore, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, and other greats …Also on the menu, the substitute changes in classic standards – the re-harmonization of the great tunes will be shown where the original message of the composition stays intact, without losing the beauty of the composition. Special voicings of jazz harmony and piano touch will be shown. Ballads offer such a wide range of moods, tempos, flavors, thus creating a variety of stylistic and creative interpretations. Jazz lovers who do not play an instrument, will be able to appreciate this presentation by getting closer to this music.
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Admission: Advance $30 - Day of Workshop $45
Time: 12:00 PM (Noon) – 3:00 PM
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano