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
July 2nd, Saturday
La Orquesta El Vucko at Fillmore Jazz Festival 2016 @ Sutter Street Stage.
Larry Vuckovich's La Orquesta El Vucko, a non–typical Latin band with a twist, offers a wide ranging repertoire that goes beyond salsa. It includes Mexican classic boleros, South American favorites, Great American Standards played in Latin tempos, bebop classics with a Latin feel, Brazilian selections, World Music including Balkan Salsa, bluesy funky Boogaloo hits & more
Larry Vuckovich had the good fortune to perform with the greatest Latin jazz percussionists and musicians in history. They include José Mangual (who played and recorded with Charlie Parker and Erroll Garner), Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Frankie Malabe, Pete Escovedo, Benny Velarde, Louis Romero, John Santos, Hector Lugo – to name a few. During the 50s Larry hung out at the famed Black Hawk club, listening to the Cal Tjader Quintet that had one of the greatest Latin rhythm sections of all time, which included Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Al McKibbon and Vince Guaraldi on piano. Hearing this exciting quintet in person regularly and absorbing the feel for Latin music, Larry became Vince’s only student learning from him, not only jazz elements, but the feeling and the concept for playing Latin jazz piano. Larry Vuckovich brings all of his varied experiences in forming La Orquesta El Vucko and making it a unique sounding Latin band. Soulful vocalist Jackie Ryan, whose mother was from Mexico, will sing some romantic Mexican boleros as well as standard classics in Latin rhythms. The king of timbales, Orestes Vilato will add that special spark which will be enhanced by the excellent conguero/bonguero Hector Lugo, and Jeff Chambers on bass.
Venue: Fillmore Jazz Festival
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Information: Fillmore Jazz Festival 2016
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jackie Ryan, vocals/ Noel Jewkes, reeds / Jeff Chambers, bass /Orestes Vilato, timbales / Hector Lugo, congas, bongos
July 23, Saturday
An All-Star Latin/Jazz Trio with John Santos, Larry Vuckovich, Jeff Chambers plus the multilingual vocalist Jackie Ryan @ Forest Hill Concerts.
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, & 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. The sound of this trio is unique – you’re in for an exciting experience... Multilingual vocalist Jackie Ryan will sing some top South American hits including Brazilian favorites and romantic Mexican boleros as well as mambo and cha cha selections. The acoustics in this venue are excellent as well as the beautiful Steinway. Free parking and refreshments are available.
Venue: Forest Hill Concerts Hill Christian Church, 250 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Admission: $20 Suggested Donation
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 890-4342 concert ticket info
Featuring: Jackie Ryan, vocals/ Larry Vuckovich, piano / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass