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
October 2nd, Friday
Larry Vuckovich's Beyond Category Trio featuring Jon Arkin on drums@ The Trident in Sausalito
Vocalist Sanna Craig will reschedule her performance for future date. Joining the Larry Vuckovich Trio will be the strong groove bassist, Mike Hallesy and the young, swinging drummer, Jon Arkin, who performed with Larry's All-Star lineup this past summer at Filoli. Jon, was highly recommended to Larry by bassist Jeff Chambers and is one of the most talented new young drummers on the scene. He displays utmost taste and he's quite versatile being at home with various styles of the music. Jon Arkin and bassist Mike Hallesy create an excellent rhythmic platform, a strong basis for creative improvisation.
Venue: The Trident in Sausalito 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
Admission: No cover - Cocktails, dinner and appetizers are available.
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Information: (415) 331-3232
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Mike Hallesy, bass / Jon Arkin, drums
October 11th, Sunday
Music of Benny Goodman, produced by Bill Hart , the President of the NVJS @ Robert Mondavi Winery
Clarinetist Benny Goodman was one of the key figures in shaping the music of the Swing Era. His big band, with the Fletcher Henderson arrangements, made an historic mark in 1935. Benny Goodman's small groups, the trio with pianist Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa, plus his quartet featuring the vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa, also made a strong impression in jazz having intricate arrangements, close interplay of the musicians and great swing. An important fact: Maj. League Baseball became racially integrated in the mid-40s. However, Benny Goodman integrated his musical groups 10 years prior to this and thus made a strong statement which was followed by other bands. Today's concert will also honor the great musical contributions of pianist Teddy Wilson, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and the revolutionary guitar playing of Charlie Christian. Larry Vuckovich has chosen an outstanding ensemble for this concert with Noel Jewkes, doing the role of Benny Goodman; Josh Workman paying tribute to Charlie Christian and vibraphonist Tommy Kesecker will fill the role of Lionel Hampton. The swinging rhythm section of Jeff Chambers and Leon Joyce is perfect for this music. Don’t miss this swinging affair!
Venue: Robert Mondavi Winery 7801 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA
Admission: $25 for members of Napa Valley Jazz Society; $45 for non-members
Time: 4:00 PM
Information: 707-224-JAZZ (707-224-5299)
Featuring: Noel Jewkes, clarinet / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Tommy Kesecker, vibes / Josh Workman, guitar / Jeff Chambers, bass / Leon Joyce, drums.
October 17th, Saturday
Duet Intimacy/Improvisational Dialogue – featuring bassist/mandolinist Michael Zisman and Larry Vuckovich on piano at Forest Hill Concerts, performing jazz classics, world music, & contemporary jazz. The repertoire will also include originals, Balkan-Middle Eastern selections as well as rare standards and jazz tango.
Bassist Michael Zisman has spent 20 years on the New York jazz scene performing with the greats such as Phil Woods, George Coleman, Cecil Payne, Eric Alexander & more. Mike is also an outstanding mandolinist playing swinging jazz on that instrument as well as world music. Mike was also the program director at Stanford Jazz for a number of years. This evening’s duet will display close musical chemistry – he and Larry Vuckovich always bring fresh, creative energy to their presentation. Forest Hill Concerts offers a free parking lot as well as some refreshments.
Venue: Forest Hill Concerts, 250 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Admission: $20 Suggested Donation
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 890-4342 concert ticket info
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Michael Zisman, bass/mandolin