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
October 6th, Saturday
Duet Intimacy/Improvisational Dialogue, featuring the magnificent Kai Lyons, guitar @ Forest Hill Concerts
Young guitarist, Kai Lyons, is an important and an exciting addition to the Bay Area jazz scene. He is truly one of the finest guitarists to appear on the scene in a long time. He and Larry Vuckovich, will present originals, plus jazz standards, Latin, Brazilian and some with swinging contemporary flavor. Kai Lyons at the young age of 23, has an amazing history. He has received scholarships at the major East Coast schools and is also well versed in world music. This summer, he spent a month in Ghana at a world music convention. He just returned from a two week trip in Cuba where he studied their special Latin music culture. Larry Vuckovich has performed with top musicians of various influences. He records on his Tetrachord Music label, which has produced top charting CDs. Larry, who was born in Montenegro, pioneered world music jazz fusion. He continues to tour nationally and internationally, including an appearance with his Jazz-Latin quartet at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club.
Venue: Forest Hill Concerts 250 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94116
Admission: $20 Suggested Donation
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 890-4342 Forest Hill Concerts offers refreshments and is a short walk from Forest Hill MUNI station • Free parking!
Featuring: Kai Lyons, guitar Larry Vuckovich, piano
October 14th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich in Solo Concert with Commentary – A Fresh New Program @ Wunderman House, Mountain View
An afternoon of 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 presented a wide-ranging program on his previous concert in April that included some insights into Great American composers: Victor Young and Harry Warren. This time he is doing a different, fresh program on other composers, plus will include in his presentation a number of interesting jazz selections. He will give some of their interesting history – not typically known. 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: Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View, CA
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Information: for tickets call 707.299.9964
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano
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October 20th, Saturday afternoon
Dynamic vocalist Kim Nalley with Larry Vuckovich trio, plus Barry Finnerty on guitar. @ Tucker Farm Center in Calistoga
Kim Nalley is one of the most dynamic vocalists on the jazz scene today. She was awarded “ Most Influential African American in the Bay Area 2005”, and is already called “Legendary and a San Francisco institution.” Kim has earned a strong international reputation including performances in Moscow, Switzerland and at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York. She will present a diverse program of great jazz standards, authentic blues singing. Kim has strong roots in swinging jazz. Guitarist Barry Finnerty, has performed with Miles Davis, is also featured along with Jeff Chambers, Kent Bryson and Larry Vuckovich. Food & refreshments available.
Venue: Trucker Farm Center 1201 Tucker Summit Dr., Calistoga, CA 94515
Time: Doors open 2 PM; Concert 3pm-5pm
Information: Brown Paper Tickets
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets
Featuring: Kim Nalley, vocals/ Barry Finnerty, guitar / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass / Kent Bryson,
October 21st, Sunday Afternoon
Eric Golub and Larry Vuckovich Duo – A Diverse Musical Journey with a Balkan Touch @ Community Church in Mill Valley
This is an intimate duet format displaying close musical chemistry between violinist Eric Golub and Larry Vuckovich. They go back to 1980 recording on Larry’s landmark, pioneering album, Blue Balkan featuring the great Bobby Hutcherson. They will perform a number of Balkan Ethnic, Gypsy-Roma selections plus jazz classics, rare standards, South American boleros, Brazilian, blues and more. Refreshments are also offered. Don’t miss this!
Venue: Community Church 8 Olive St. (corner of Throckmorton) in Mill Valley, CA 94941
Time: 4:00 PM
Information: (415) 388-5540
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets
Featuring: Eric Golub, violin, Viola/ Larry Vuckovich, piano