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
November 21, Friday
Larry Vuckovich's Beyond Category Trio, featuring the exciting young drummer, Jimmy Gallagher and veteran bassist, Mike Zisman@ The Trident in Sausalito
Larry Vuckovich and the Beyond Category Trio, are featuring this evening the exciting young drummer, Jimmy Gallagher. Jimmy, one of the most authentic drummers in the Bay Area, who has made a detailed study of various styles of jazz drumming, is a most versatile drummer, fitting in with so many various areas of jazz. Swinging, veteran bassist, Mike Zisman, who has performed with such masters as Harold Mabern, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, completes the rhythm team. Along with Sanna Craig, a special guest, on Latin percussion / vocals, this will be an evening of swinging, creative jazz.
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 /Mike Zisman, bass /Jimmy Gallagher, drums / Sanna Craig, Latin percussion & vocals.
November 23, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich Beyond Theory/ Clinical Elements Piano Workshop/Performance – Unsung Heroes of Jazz Piano @ The JAZZSCHOOL
For both musicians and fans, renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. As in the past workshops, he will feature recordings of the masters and also demonstrate on piano their signature styles. The previous workshop presented the New Orleans sounds of Earl 'Fatha' Hines, moving up through swing era piano styles and on through the bebop era innovations, hard bop, post bop and contemporary piano styles. The new workshop on Sunday, November 23 features the Unsung Heroes of Jazz Piano – lesser know but true jazz masters who have made an impact on the history of this music. They are: Herman Chittison, Billy Kyle, Johnny Guarnieri, Al Haig, Wade Legge, Gil Coggins, Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope, Hampton Hawes, Carl Perkins, Lou Levy, Victor Feldman, Terry Pollard, Shirley Scott, Horace Parlan, Duke Pearson, Albert Dailey, and Sir Roland Hanna.
As a special feature Larry will focus on the importance of pianist Horace Parlan, who made a remarkable achievement under most difficult circumstances, surviving paralysis as a child. Horace, highly regarded by the jazz greats, became a most successful, soulful jazz pianist and recording artist. Another feature of today's program will be women in jazz, highlighting perhaps the most swinging female bebop pianist, Terry Pollard. (Larry will also have a CD sample of her playing). A great Detroit scene pianist, Terry Pollard was also an excellent vibraphonist. When Larry recently mentioned her to Barry Harris, another Detroit great, Barry's comment was "She was the one!" Another pianist/organist of note is Shirley Scott.
Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances or recordings with many of the jazz greats including Dexter Gordon, Charles McPherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. Larry has been associated with several piano icons, such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and as the only student of Vince Guaraldi.
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Admission: Advance $25 - Day of Workshop $35
Time: 12:00PM (Noon) – 3:00 PM
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano
December 6th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's 78th Landmark Birthday: Solo Piano, Duet Intimacy & Improvisational Dialogue – A Tribute to Bill Evans/Jim Hall Undercurrent, featuring Josh Workman on guitar. As always, we will bring special treats - Mediterranean delights, such as spanakopita, wines, baklava & other goodies, expressing thanks to our jazz listeners.
Presenting classic rare standards, contemporary jazz, Brazilian, Middle-Eastern / Gypsy – Roma / Flamenco, originals, plus bebop masters' compositions, Ellington / Strayhorn, blues and free improvisation. Featuring Larry Vuckovich in solo piano and in duets with the versatile guitarist, Josh Workman. They will recreate an intimate musical dialogue with creative improvisational communications presenting originals, jazz classics and rare standards and specialty feature some selections paying tribute to the great recording, Undercurrent as originally played by Bill Evans & Jim Hall.
Venue: Piedmont Piano - New Oakland store 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 8:00 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Josh Workman, guitar