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
December 1st, Saturday
Dynamic Jazz/World Music Trio, featuring Vince Delgado, Larry Vuckovich, Jeff Chambers –Refreshing Unique Sound @ Fairfax Jazz Concert- Start the End of the Year on a High Note
Multi-percussionist Vince Delgado, holds a special place as being one of the best Middle Eastern, Jazz and Latin percussionists in North America. He has performed with such luminaries as Ali Akbar Kahn, Zakir Hussain, Mickey Hart, John Handy, Jerry Garcia and John Mc Laughlin. Besides his specializing in Middle Eastern genre, Vince is also an excellent jazz and Latin percussionist. Along with two other jazz veterans, Jeff Chambers and Larry Vuckovich, they will perform a wide ranging program from the Balkan/Middle-Eastern repertoire to swinging contemporary jazz bebop, Latin/Brazilian selections, funky/bluesy boogaloo pieces, tango jazz, boleros & more.
Venue: Sukhasiddhi Foundation 771 Center Blvd. Fairfax, Ca
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Information: Sukhasiddhi Foundation
Tickets: 415 462 0127
Featuring: Vince Delgado, multi-percussionist instruments/ Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass
December 8th, Saturday
The Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards Concert @ Greenlining 360 Center – Downtown Oakland
Bassist Jeff Chambers was introduced to jazz and mentored by the jazz master pianist Buddy Montgomery. Buddy originates from Indianapolis along with his famous brothers, Wes and Monk. Jeff Chambers, originally from Milwaukee, started his career in jazz in that city, where Buddy Montgomery was living at that time. Jeff credits Buddy for his important mentoring in the great jazz tradition. Jeff originally started on the electric fender bass, and after studying with Buddy, he switched to the acoustic bass. As well as performing with Buddy, Jeff has played with many famous names such as Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Ahmad Jamal, and numerous others. This evening will honor the memory of Buddy Montgomery, as well as presenting awards to the young, upcoming, deserving jazz musicians. Also on the bill will be the acclaimed vocalist Jackie Ryan, outstanding guitarist Calvin Keys and the swinging drummer Jason Lewis. This should be a very exciting event!
Venue: The Greenlining Institute
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Featuring: Jackie Ryan, vocals /Calvin Keys, guitar/ Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass / Jason Lewis drums
December 9th, Sunday afternoon
Larry Vuckovich's 82nd Birthday: Solo Piano, Duet Intimacy & Improvisational Dialogue @ Piedmont Piano/Sunday afternoon
Jeff Chambers, one of the most versatile and acclaimed bassists on the international scene, joins Larry Vuckovich in an duo format. Larry will open with some solo piano selections, after which he will bring Jeff to the stage.
Larry and Jeff have an association, going back to almost 30 years of performing together. They have a close musical rapport where their chemistry/interplay has developed to a high level of swinging, sophisticated jazz dialogue. They will be performing a variety of styles, from swinging bebop, contemporary jazz, Brazilian/Latin, bluesy Boogaloo funky material, Balkan and in other world music & more. After a couple of solo piano selections or so, Larry will bring Jeff on stage for some creative and swinging jazz. As always, we will bring special treats: assorted cheeses, hummus, olives, and wines, to express thanks to our jazz listeners. We hope you will join us for this special event. Piedmont Piano always has a world class nine foot concert grand on stage- either a Fazioli, or a Yamaha.
Venue: Piedmont Piano New Oakland store 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass
December 16th, Sunday afternoon
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Quintet in a Christmas Jazz Concert presented by the Empress Theatre @ The Empress Theatre in Vallejo- The program features the music of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme & more. The All Star Quintet includes vocalist/guitarist Alvon Johnson; Charlie McCarthy, multi reeds; Kai Lyons, guitar; Larry Vuckovich, piano; Jeff Chambers, bass; Akira Tana, drums
Larry Vuckovich is presenting some Christmas classic jazz selections by Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. They will be played in various rhythms and styles. Also, the program will be rounded out with bluesy Christmas pieces as well as other jazz classics. Alvon Johnson is a soulful performer, who always lifts the audiences spirits. The All Star Quintet is made up of jazz veterans, and also introduces a new voice on the guitar: the 23 year old outstanding Kai Lyons. A program not to be missed!
Venue: Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590
Admission: $25 General
Tickets: Empress Theatre
Featuring: Alvon Johnson, vocals/guitar / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Charlie McCarthy, multi-reeds / Kai Lyons, guitar / Jeff Chambers, bass / Akira Tana, drums