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 15th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich Presents a Memorial Concert for his brother, Andrew (Andro) Vuckovich @ St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church,900 Baker St, San Francisco, CA
Please check the link below with detailed info of Andro's life and a stellar cast of musicians featuring the ensembles: Vince Guaraldi Tribute Quintet, Benny Goodman Tribute Sextet, La Orquesta El Vucko and Crosswinds: Global Jazz Journey. This concert is being underwritten through your contributions to "gofundme," in order to provide free admission to the Memorial Concert.
September 2, Friday
Larry Vuckovich's Vince Guaraldi Tribute Quintet @Westgate Hotel, San Diego – Closing out the Summertime Jazz Nights at the rooftop
Larry Vuckovich is honored to bring a tribute to his former teacher Vince Guaraldi to the Westgate Hotel in San Diego – closing out the Summertime Jazz Nights at the rooftop. Vince Guaraldi was a legendary San Fran jazz figure who left an impressive legacy contributing to San Francisco's jazz scene. Larry Vuckovich, who was Vince Guaraldi's only student and who performed in Vince's two-piano quintet Powder Keg, presents an authentic, first hand musical portrait of the Bay Area native and internationally acclaimed pianist: The Jazz & Latin Side of Vince Guaraldi. We have been honored to be invited to the prestigious LA Jazz Institute Festival which is paying tribute to a number of the great West Coast jazz musicians who were an integral part at Hermosa Beach Lighthouse. Vince Guaraldi performed at the Lighthouse at various times with such greats as Stan Levey, Conte Candoli, Leroy Vinnegar, Frank Rosolino, and numerous others. Larry Vuckovich will perform a premier of Vince's original composition, "Blue Lullaby" – never recorded by Vince. Vince's famous duets with Bola Sete will also be showcased. In addition, the program will include Vince Guaraldi's foremost, first choice, repertoire of swinging jazz, Latin/Brazilian, as well as some of his pop hits including "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". Also on the program, the quintet will perform Cal Tjader's hip mambo "Viva Cepeda" dedicated to Orlando Cepeda.
Venue: Westgate Hotel, San Diego, CA
Admission: $20 at the door (cash only)
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Josh Workman, guitar / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Littleton, bass /Dick Weller, drums
November 20th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich 80th Birthday Bash featuring Bay Area All-Stars celebrating associations with Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, Mel Torme & Vince Guaraldi @ Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. Larry Vuckovich, brings to the Bach Society a program celebrating and honoring his associations with the greats: Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, Mel Torme & Vince Guaraldi. It features Bay Area All-Stars that include Jackie Ryan, John Santos, Noel Jewkes, Josh Workman, Jeff Chambers, Hector Lugo, and the young and outstanding drummer, Tim Angulo. The ensemble will perform great hits from the repertoires of the masters mentioned above: Jumpin' At The Woodside, Comin' Home Baby, Born to be Blue, Cheese Cake, Cast Your Fate To The Wind, Ginza Samba, & more. Jackie Ryan will do some beautiful vocals and vocalese and the ensemble will vary the program from swinging hard bop, Latin/Brazilian, Balkan Ethno Jazz, bluesy funky boogaloo sounds, & more. This promises to be a memorable swinging afternoon.
Venue: The Bach 311 Mirada Road Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Admission: Advance Adults $45/$35, Students $25; at the door Adults $50, Students $30
Time: 4:30-7:30 PM
Tickets: (650) 726-4143
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jackie Ryan, vocals / Noel Jewkes, tenor / Josh Workman, guitar /John Santos, Latin percussion / Hector Lugo, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass /Tim Angulo, drums