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 13, Saturday
An intimate musical duet with vocalist Jackie Ryan and Larry Vuckovich @ JB piano/San Rafael. Jackie Ryan and Larry Vuckovich display a close musical/creative rapport, which goes back over 20 years. Their repertoire is most diverse featuring jazz classics, rare standards, South American boleros, Brazilian, blues & more.
Piano and voice duets are similar in concept to violin and piano presentations. This is a powerful format where the strength of the music comes through without the need of a rhythm section. It's an intimate due format displaying close musical chemistry between the wonderful voice of Jackie Ryan and seasoned, creative accompaniment by Larry Vuckovich, who has accompanied such vocalists as Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Irene Kral, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Anita O'Day, Bobby McFerrin and many more. The rapport between Jackie and Larry covers various areas of jazz styles and various tempos. The music has richness and depth, displaying a strong rhythmic feel, just like in chamber music.
Venue: The JB Piano Co. 540 Irwin St, San Rafael, CA 94901 Admission: $20 at the door. Time: 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets: Call 415-456-9280 Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jackie Ryan, vocals
December 19th, Friday
Larry Vuckovich's Beyond Category Trio, featuring the master New York - Puerto Rican connection Latin/jazz percussionist Louis Romero @ The Trident in Sausalito
Larry Vuckovich and the Beyond Category Trio, are featuring this evening the creative Latin and jazz percussionist Louis Romero, who has performed with Who’s Who on the New York Latin/Salsa scene. Louis is a successful Latin band leader heading his Mazacote ensemble for many years. He is also a member of Larry's La Orquesta El Vucko. Louis is very much at home in blending his Latin rhythms with jazz groups. One of the exciting jazz experiences he had in New York was performing with bassist Ron Carter. This will be an evening of memorable Latin music and swinging jazz. Bassist Perry Thoorsell is a versatile and creative musician, comfortable in both jazz and Latin genres.
Venue: The Trident in Sausalito 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA Admission: No cover - Cocktails, dinner and appetizers are available. Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Information: (415) 331-3232 Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Louis Romero, Latin percussion / Perry Thoorsell, bass
December 29th, Monday
Larry Vuckovich Plays the Music of Dexter Gordon @ Yoshi's Embarcadero Sq., Oakland
Larry's Dexter Gordon Tribute Quintet will perform an authentic program of Dexter's Blue Note original hits & more. Having worked with Dexter in Denmark and Austria, Larry brings a firsthand interpretation of Dexter's music.
In 1963, Larry Vuckovich spent a year on the European jazz scene, mostly in Denmark, where he played with Dexter at the famed Montmartre Club in Copenhagen. In the later 60's, Larry returned to Europe and played a memorable concert with Dexter and Philly Joe, at the Ossiach Jazz Festival in Austria, which was recorded by the Austrian National Radio. While living in Copenhagen in '63, Larry remembers an inspiring night at the Montmartre playing with three tenor masters: Dexter Gordon, Don Byas, and Paul Gonsalves. Dexter's powerful style and impact on jazz stayed with Larry to the present day, and now, Larry is honored to keep on performing Dexter's music.
Venue: Yoshi's 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
Time: 8 PM
Featuring: Noel Jewkes, tenor / Rob Roth, tenor / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass /Leon Joyce, drums