Larry was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Jazz Musician award at the Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Fest in Brisbane, CA.
Larry will be honored in August at the Nišville Festival in Serbia (8/8/19 - 8/11/19). He will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for being the only jazz musician from the former Yugoslavia, residing and performed with numerous greats in the US for over 60 years. Larry is scheduled to appear at the Nišville Festival in Serbia as a guest soloist with the big band. Larry will also present a jazz piano workshop.
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 17th, Sunday Afternoon
World-Class New York guitarist Joshua Breakstone with Larry Vuckovich and Jeff Chambers @ Wunderman House in Mountain View
Joshua Breakstone, New York world-class guitarist, recorded and performed with some of the greatest names in jazz including Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Pepper Adams, Jack McDuff, Al Harewood & many more. He has a number of acclaimed recordings that gained rave reviews. He performed and traveled all the way from New York City to Brazil, to Europe, and is currently living in Japan. This is a rare Bay Area performance for him, being the first at the Wunderman House. Larry Vuckovich and Joshua Breakstone are reuniting recalling their exciting performances in New York in mid-80s. The highlight was their one week engagement at the West End club, in the upper west side of Manhattan that featured the legendary drummer, Mel Lewis, along with his bassist partner, the outstanding Dennis Irvin. Larry and Joshua will perform some originals, including Larry's Balkan ethnic music, jazz tango, swinging bebop from the Sonny Clark repertoire & more. Don't miss this special performance! Refreshments including wines and cheeses, dark chocolate, cookies will be served
Venue: Wunderman House 655 Eunice Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040
Admission: $25 Donation Suggested
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tickets/Information: Ilona OBrien
Featuring: Joshua Breakstone, guitar / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass
November 30th, Saturday
Magnificent, New, Fresh Voice on the Scene: Charity Goodin Sanen in a Duet Setting with Larry Vuckovich @ JB Piano Company in San Rafael
Vocalist Charity Goodin Sanen is creating exciting jazz waves on the Bay Area music scene with her magnificent voice. When she sang recently in the summer with Larry Vuckovich at Yoshi’s, the management at this noted venue immediately upon hearing her for the first time, requested that she comes back with a booking. Charity is one of the most dynamic vocalists to have appeared on the Bay Area scene in years. Her vocal resonance is very appealing, projecting a warm, clear, soulful sound. Her repertoire includes originals, special standards, blues, Latin/Brazilian and exciting improvisations including the music of Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter & more. Larry Vuckovich and Charity have a close musical rapport and will present a wide ranging repertoire which includes swinging bebop, jazz classics, funky Boogaloo sounds and more. You’re in for an exciting experience! . . . The acoustics in this venue are excellent. Refreshments including wines and cheeses will be offered.
Venue: JB Piano Company 540 Irwin St, San Rafael, CA 94901
Admission: $25 donation suggested
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM – program starts at 7:30pm
Tickets:Brown Paper Tickets
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Charity Goodin Sanen, vocals / Larry Vuckovich, piano
December 8th, Sunday afternoon
Larry Vuckovich's 83rd Birthday: Solo Piano, Duet Intimacy & Improvisational Dialogue 4 pm @ Piedmont Piano/Sunday afternoon
This 83rd year has been a very rewarding one for jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich. Besides receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from his former country of Yugoslavia, including a performance and the reception of the award at the Nišville Jazz Festival, Larry continued to perform with some of the greatest musicians from the Bay Area, US and Europe. There have been a number of memorable concerts featuring the great instrumentalists and vocalists.
Jeff Chambers, one of the most versatile and acclaimed bassists on the international scene, joins Larry Vuckovich in an duo format. Larry will open with some solo piano selections, after which he will bring Jeff to the stage. Larry and Jeff have an association, going back to almost 30 years of performing together. They have a close musical rapport where their chemistry/interplay has developed to a high level of swinging, sophisticated jazz dialogue. They will be performing a variety of styles, from swinging bebop, contemporary jazz, Brazilian/Latin, bluesy Boogaloo funky material, Balkan and in other world music & more. After a couple of solo piano selections or so, Larry will bring Jeff on stage for some creative and swinging jazz. As always, we will bring special treats: assorted cheeses, hummus, olives, and wines, to express thanks to our jazz listeners. The unique products by the creative Chef Miyoko – her special vegan cheeses/butter will be available. We hope you will join us for this special event. Piedmont Piano always has a world class nine foot concert grand on stage- either a Fazioli, or a Yamaha.
Venue: Piedmont Piano New Oakland store 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $25 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass