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 27th, 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
March 7th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich in solo concert at Forest Hill Christian Church: Saturday, March 7th. 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: Forest Hill Christian Church 250 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Admission: $15 Suggested donation
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 566-1414 church phone; (415) 890-4342 concert ticket info
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano
March 14th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's Vince Guaraldi Tribute Ensemble @ Piedmont Piano Co.
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. 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", "Charlie Brown Christmas Tune", and a selection from "Peanuts", which are authentic swinging jazz pieces.
Venue: Piedmont Piano Company 18th & San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Josh Workman, guitar / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass / Leon Joyce, drums