2019 Awards

May, 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award Larry was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Jazz Musician award at the Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Fest in Brisbane, CA.

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March, 2019
Larry will be honored in August at the Nišville Festival in Serbia (8/8/19 - 8/11/19). He will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for being the only jazz musician from the former Yugoslavia, residing and performed with numerous greats in the US for over 60 years. Larry is scheduled to appear at the Nišville Festival in Serbia as a guest soloist with the big band. Larry will also present a jazz piano workshop.

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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
October 19th, Saturday Afternoon Jazz in Calistoga-Last performance for This Year

Calistoga Jazz: Alto Madness! Revolutionary music of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt & Jackie McLean @ Tucker Farm Center, Calistoga, CA
Renowned, master bebop alto saxophonist Andrew Speight comes to the Tucker Farm Center for the first time in a program that highlights the music of the greatest alto jazz saxophonists: Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt & Jackie McLean. Andrew, who teaches at SF State has performed with some of the best jazz musicians such as Jimmy Cobb, Wynton Marsalis, Nat Adderley, just to name a few. After Cannonball Adderley passed away, his brother Nat invited Andrew to tour with that famous quintet performing the music of Cannonball. This will be an exciting, hard-swinging concert featuring the best of bebop. After the swing era, Charlie Parker, along with Dizzy Gillespie, introduced the new bebop style of jazz which was hard swinging, but also brought new exciting syncopated rhythms and harmonies, giving it a totally new fresh sound. Besides Andrew, the quintet includes the very seasoned, authentic trumpet player, Modesto Briseno, bassist Doug Miller, drummer Austin Harris and pianist Larry Vuckovich.. Don’t miss this! Various wines/cheeses available for purchase.

Venue: Tucker Farm Center 1201 Tucker Road Calistoga, CA 94515
Admission: Tickets: $25
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets 707.774-1672
Featuring: Andrew Speight, alto sax / Modesto Briseno, trumpet / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Doug Miller, bass /Austin Harris, drums

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October 26th, Saturday

Fred Adler Presents An Evening of Jazz in the Autumn – Jamie Davis: Romantic / Bluesy Baritone Unique Voice Accompanied by Larry Vuckovich & Jeff Chambers @ Gualala Arts Center
Vocalist Jamie Davis was recently nominated for a Grammy along with the Count Basie orchestra for the recording of " All About That Basie ". He has a rich baritone voice equally suited for a romantic ballads, swinging blues, jazz classics, special standards & more. Jamie will sing some beautiful autumn selections, romantic ballads from the Johnny Hartman/John Coltrane recording, swinging standards and blues. Pianist Larry Vuckovich has accompanying numerous jazz great vocalists such as Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Irene Kral, Anita O'Day, Helen Humes, and many more. Bassist Jeff Chambers, likewise has accompanied many great artists in jazz. This will be a special concert presenting a repertoire not typically heard in today's jazz. What makes it special, it will be performed by the seasoned jazz veterans. Don't miss this concert!

Venue: Gualala Arts Center 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala, CA 95445
Admission: $29 advance, $5 more day of
Time: 6:30 PM
Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
Featuring: Jamie Davis, vocals/ Larry Vuckovich, piano /Jeff Chambers, bass


November 3rd, Sunday Afternoon

Larry Vuckovich in Solo/Duo Concert: Beautiful Autumn Standards + More @ A Lovely Home, Alameda
Larry Vuckovich returns to this attractive home in Alameda once again and will do a program of surprises- selections that are seldom heard, including the ones he hasn't played in a while, plus some beautiful Autumn standards. Larry will be playing a magnificent Mason Hamlin 9 ft concert grand. As always, it'll be a diverse/wide ranging program of rare standards, classic jazz, bebop, Latin/Brazilian, world music including Balkan Ethnic selections, funky/boogaloo, jazz tango, etc. He 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/duo piano presentation. Larry will be accompanied by the swinging bassist Mike Hallesy on a few selections. Complimentary refreshments will be served including cheeses, fine wines, dolmas, dark chocolate.

Venue: A Lovely Home in Alameda
Admission: $25
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Information: for tickets email - konailona@gmail.com
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano/ plus Mike Hallesy, bass on certain selections

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