Larry was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Jazz Musician award at the Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Fest in Brisbane, CA.
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.
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
September 14th, Saturday [SOLD OUT]
Larry Vuckovich’s Vince Guaraldi Tribute Quintet + vocalist Alvon Johnson @ Alameda Main Library
Larry Vuckovich’s Vince Guaraldi Tribute Quintet presents the true side of Vince Guaraldi's music. Larry was Vince's only student, performed with him in Vince’s two piano quartet, Powder Keg, and knew Vince Guaraldi's music firsthand. The program will include selections from Vince’s swinging bebop repertoire, Afro-Cuban jazz from his association with Cal Tjader, Brazilian favorites from his association with guitarist Bola Sete, plus Vince‘s funky Boogaloo bluesy side. This is an All-Star quintet that will also accompany the wonderful, soulful vocalist Alvon Johnson. Alvon is a blues specialist, but also includes another side: authentically interpreting the style of Johnny Hartman. Don't miss this exciting musical event, which has so much variety and richness in the program!
Venue: Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, CA
Time: doors open at 7:00 PM – program starts at 8:00 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano/Jeff Massanari, guitar/John Santos, Latin percussion /Doug Miller, bass/Akira Tana, drums/Alvon Johnson – special guest vocalist
September 21st, Friday
Larry Vuckovich plays the greats: Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi, featuring vocalist Charity Goodin Sanen, September 21st, 7pm @ Oakmont Berger Center, Santa Rosa
Larry Vuckovich presents an exciting jazz historic trio format. Before the modern jazz piano trios of piano/bass/drums such as from Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and Hank Jones trio formats, the original jazz piano trio included the combination of piano/guitar/bass. Nat King Cole popularized this format. Art Tatum also at times played in this combination. Vince Guaraldi’s first recordings were also in this form. One of Jim Hall’s favorite recordings was done with Carl Perkins on piano and Red Mitchell on bass. Larry is excited to bring this swinging jazz trio to Oakmont, a rarely heard concept today. It features bassist Doug Miller, who at the early age of 20 had the distinction of playing with Count Basie. In addition, gifted young discovery Kai Lyons will play guitar. Joining them will be Charity Goodin-Sanen, a new fresh voice on the jazz scene! Don’t miss this special concert!
Venue: Berger Center 6575 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA
Admission: $25 at the door
Time: 7:00 PM
Information/tickets: call 707-537-7720
Featuring: Charity Goodin-Sanen, vocals/Larry Vuckovich, piano/Doug Miller, bass/Kai Lyons, guitar
October 6th, Sunday Afternoon
All-Star Latin/Jazz Trio featuring John Santos, seven-time Grammy nominee Latin percussionist with Larry Vuckovich and Jeff Chambers @ Wunderman House in Mountain View
The All-Star Latin/Jazz Trio is comprised of John Santos, Larry Vuckovich and Jeff Chambers. This is their first performance at the Wunderman House, and actually it's the first time that Latin/Brazilian jazz comes to the Wunderman House . Collectively these three Jazz/Latin veterans have played with the likes of Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D’Rivera, Jose Mangual, and 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. Also, they present a wide ranging repertoire which includes swinging bebop, jazz classics, funky Boogaloo sounds and more. The sound of this trio is unique – you’re in for an exciting experience! . . . The acoustics in this venue are excellent. Refreshments including wines and cheeses will be offered.
Venue: Wunderman House 655 Eunice Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040
Admission: $25 Donation Suggested
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tickets/Information: Ilona OBrien
Featuring: John Santos, Latin percussion / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass