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
July 21st , Sunday Afternoon
Grammy Nominee vocalist Jamie Davis & Larry Vuckovich, Jeff Chambers perform the music of Johnny Hartman/blues/great standards @ Wunderman House in Mountain View
Jamie Davis an alumni of The Count Basie Orchestra, travels the world as guest vocalist of Big Bands & Orchestras in UK, Europe, Russia, Asia & USA. He and the Basie Orchestra were nominated f Grammy with the new release, All About That Basie. Jamie was featured at the recent Grammies with Take 6, Kurt Elling and Stevie Wonder. “The rich bass-baritone voice of Jamie Davis proved to be a revelation, and his trio of songs from the classic 1963 John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman album was one of the year’s musical highlights.” Jazzwise Magazine - Peter Quinn. Larry Vuckovich has performed with top musicians of various influences, from Jon Hendricks, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Torme, Don Byas, and Red Norvo to today's artists. He has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire. Larry Vuckovich will receive a lifetime achievement award in August at the Nišville Festival in Serbia for being the only jazz musician from the former Yugoslavia, residing in performing with numerous greats for six decades. Bassist Jeff Chambers is one of the jazz veterans, having performed with such greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Freddy Hubbard and, Jamal. Don't miss this inspiring afternoon in hearing a vocalist of world-class stature, such as Jamie Davis. Complimentary refreshments 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 - email@example.com
Featuring: Jamie Davis, vocals/ Larry Vuckovich, piano /Jeff Chambers, bass
July 28th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich and his Contemporary Swinging Hard Bop /Latin Jazz Ensemble @ Filoli Gardens
Larry Vuckovich's jazz associations include numerous jazz masters. The music at the Filoli Gardens this Sunday will include some of their famous compositions as well as some of Larry's originals. Some of the selections performed will include the music of Dexter Gordon, Mel Torme, Bobby Hutcherson, Vince Guaraldi, Cal Tjader, and some of Larry Vuckovich's acclaimed originals. The members of the Bay Area All-Star sextet include the phenomenal young 23-year-old guitarist, Kai Lyons; the hard bop tenor saxophonist, Rob Roth; exciting Puerto Rican percussionists/vocalist Hector Lugo; powerful rhythm section of Jeff Chambers bass and Jason Lewis on drums; the featured vocalist is the soulful Clairdee. Don't miss this concert in a beautiful Filoli Gardens setting. Food and drinks are also available.
Venue: Filoli Gardens - 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062
Admission: Filoli Historic House & Garden
Time: 1-4 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Clairdee, vocals/Rob Roth, tenor/Kai Lyons, guitar/ Hector Lugo, Latin percussion/vocals/Jeff Chambers, bass /Jason Lewis, drums
August 4th, Sunday Afternoon
Celebration of Blue Balkan – Larry Vuckovich Lifetime Achievement Award @ Piedmont Piano/Sunday afternoon
LarryVuckovich has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award from his former country, Yugoslavia, as being the only jazz musician from those parts who has performed in the US with numerous greats & received top reviews from the NY Times & major publications. His landmark recording, “Blue Balkan” featuring Bobby Hutcherson, is a pioneering release in the area of World Music, being the first to fuse Balkan ethnic elements with American Jazz. Sychronisticly Larry will be leaving for Serbia the following day to perform at the Nišville Festival where he receives the award. Joining him today will be master violinist, Eric Golub, who performed on the original LP with Bobby Hutcherson, plus Vince Delgado on Middle-Eastern percussion, Coralie Russo on oud, & veteran bassist Jeff Chambers. The esteemed New York critic, Gary Giddins chose “Blue Balkan: Then & Now“ for his top CD list of 2002 in the Village Voice. Besides the Balkan Middle Eastern material, this ensemble will also perform some swinging bebop, jazz/Latin, and some funky Boogaloo material. Don't miss this inspiring performance, which will also be a sendoff to Larry on his trip to the Nišville Jazz Festival in Serbia.
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 /Eric Golub, violin, viola / Vince Delgado, dumbek, Egyptian tambourine/ Coralie Russo, oud/ Jeff Chambers, bass