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
June 27th, Wednesday
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Bay Area Quintet performs: Miles Davis In Person: Friday & Saturday Nights at the Black Hawk @ Yoshi's Jack London Square
As a teenager, Larry Vuckovich heard Miles Davis numerous times at the Black Hawk. The first time it was with Miles' original quintet that included John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. In 1961 Miles brought another stellar quintet that featured Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. The Black Hawk live recordings with this group has now attained legendary status. They represent the epitome of straight ahead post bop jazz style. Larry's Bay Area All-Star Quintet will re- create these exciting sounds and recall such selections as Bye Bye Blackbird, If I Were a Bell, All of You, Walkin', Oleo and more.
Venue:Yoshi's Jack London Square 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
Time: 8:00 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Joel Behrman, trumpet / Rob Roth, tenor sax / Jeff Chambers, bass / Jason Lewis, drums
July 8th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich Jazz/Latin Quartet with special guest: Legendary Percussionist Big Black
Big Black and Larry Vuckovich have recently reunited after 50 years, originally having performed with jazz master vocalist, Jon Hendricks at the Trident in Sausalito and at the Orange County Jazz Festival. Legendary percussionist Big Black has an amazing history having worked long periods with Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston and Freddie Hubbard. When Mohammed Ali fought in Zaire, he brought Big Black with him to perform and raise his spirits. For this performance the band also includes Philly-born and raised, East Coast styled, hard swinging tenor saxophonist Rob Roth, who also brings out beauty and sensitivity in his playing. The magnificent Jeff Chambers is on bass, along with the top notch drummer, Jason Lewis. Jeff and Jason have a long association and are an excellent rhythm team. The music will include hard-swinging bebop, Latin and World music, sounds of the Balkans and Africa, plus funky boogaloo selections and beautiful romantic boleros. Don’t miss this special performance featuring two octogenarians who are at the top of their game and playing with high energy!
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 / Big Black, percussion / Rob Roth, tenor / Jeff Chambers, bass /Jason Lewis, drums
July 15th, Sunday afternoon
Classic Jazz Piano/Guitar/Bass Trio format: Hits from Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi, Ahmad Jamaal , Jim Hall and Wynton Kelly trios @ Piedmont Piano
Larry Vuckovich presents an exciting jazz historic trio format. Before the modern jazz piano trios of piano/bass/drums such as Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and Hank Jones trio formats, the original jazz piano trio included the combination 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 format. One of Jim Hall's favorite recordings was done with Carl Perkins on piano and Red Mitchell on bass. Ahmad Jamal had a very successful trio combination with the guitar, and a hard swinging pianist Wynton Kelly recorded in this combination with Kenny Burrell. Larry Vuckovich is excited to bring this swinging jazz trio concept to Piedmont Piano featuring the outstanding Bay Area veteran Jeff Chambers on bass, and the young, new discovery on the guitar, Kai Lyons. Don't miss this special concert!
Venue: Piedmont Piano 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Kai Lyons, guitar / Jeff Chambers, bass