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
February 17, Wednesday
Larry Vuckovich in solo concert @ Café Pink House in Saratoga, CA.
An interesting diverse program of American Standard Classics (Gershwin, Ellington, Porter), Jazz styles of various eras, World Music – Balkan/Gypsy – Roma, Latin/Brazilian/Tango Jazz & Classical Music influences. Pianist Larry Vuckovich came to San Francisco in 1951 as a teenager from Montenegro – former Yugoslavia. He was fortunate to experience the heyday of jazz of which the '50s decade had some of the richest and most diverse developments happening. He heard such great big bands as Harry James, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman as well as small groups as Miles Davis, MJQ, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Sonny Rollins, just to name a few. He brings to the solo piano format all the impressions he absorbed from that period and more which developed later throughout his performances with the masters Mel Torme, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Charles McPherson, Tom Harrell & more. He was fortunate to study classical piano at SF State with the noted Russian classical master pianist Vladimir Brenner. Larry Vuckovich is recognized for his piano touch where he incorporates some European classical themes fused with jazz. Larry is also recognized as a pioneer in the U.S. for combining the Balkan Folk influences with Jazz which is found on his landmark recording "Blue Balkan" featuring Bobby Hutcherson. We hope you will join us for a unique solo piano presentation.
Venue: Café Pink House 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Admission: $15 Suggested donation
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Information: (408) 647-2273
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano
February 21, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich's Vince Guaraldi Tribute Ensemble @ The Firehouse for the Arts, Pleasanton, CA
Larry Vuckovich, who was Vince Guaraldi's only student and who performed in Vince's two-piano quintet Powder Keg, presents an authentic, first hand musical portrait of the Bay Area native and internationally acclaimed pianist: The Jazz & Latin Side of Vince Guaraldi. We have been honored to be invited to the prestigious LA Jazz Institute Festival which is paying tribute to a number of the great West Coast jazz musicians who were an integral part at Hermosa Beach Lighthouse. Vince Guaraldi performed at the Lighthouse at various times with such greats as Stan Levey, Conte Candoli, Leroy Vinnegar, Frank Rosolino, and numerous others. Larry Vuckovich will perform a premier of Vince's original composition, "Blue Lullaby" – never recorded by Vince. Vince's famous duets with Bola Sete will also be showcased. In addition, the program will include Vince Guaraldi's foremost, first choice, repertoire of swinging jazz, Latin/Brazilian, as well as some of his pop hits including "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". Also on the program, the quintet will perform Cal Tjader's hip mambo "Viva Cepeda" dedicated to Orlando Cepeda.
Venue: The Firehouse for the Arts 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Admission: ranges from $13.50 - $25.00
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Tickets: (925) 931-4848
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Josh Workman, guitar / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass / Leon Joyce, drums
April 8, Friday
A Tribute to Tom Harrell with special guest, pianist Larry Vuckovich @ Soka University in Aliso Viejo, CA
Tom Harrell, one of the all time trumpet greats will be given a tribute this evening at Soka’s state of the art Performing Arts Center. Tom’s stellar New York quintet features Joe Lovano, tenor; Kenny Werner, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums; guest pianist Larry Vuckovich, whose association with Tom Harrell spans half a century – going back to1965, will be reunited with Tom. Larry and Tom have done numerous performances together including being a part of Vince Guaraldi’s two keyboard quintet, Powder Keg, as well as doing concerts in the Bay Area, New York, recording an acclaimed CD on Concord Records, Tres Palabras, as well as being featured on two nationally distributed PBS TV shows, Club Date.
Venue: Soka University 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Admission: $34 general, $29 students/seniors (62+)
Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: (949) 480-4278
Featuring: Tom Harrell, trumpet / Joe Lovano, tenor / Kenny Werner, piano / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Ugonna Okegwo, bass / Johnathan Blake, drums