Scott Hamilton w/the Larry Vuckovich Trio
Presented by The Piedmont Piano Company
Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton is an artist whose impact continues to reverberate through the jazz world. He now lives in Europe, so this concert is a rare and welcome return.
Hamilton will be joined by multi-genre piano artisan Larry Vuckovich, bassist Paul Keller, who has performed and recorded with Diana Krall, and drummer Leon Joyce, Jr., who for nine years performed with pianist Ramsey Lewis.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
Tenor saxophone luminary Scott Hamilton possesses a fat, buttery sound that harkens back to Ben Webster, Don Byas and Zoot Sims. Hamilton was at the forefront of a new generation of young artists that helped revitalize mainstream acoustic jazz in the mid-1970s. Hamilton recorded prolifically for Concord Records as both a leader and featured sideman on classic sessions by singers Rosemary Clooney, Maxine Sullivan and Susannah McCorkle. Hamilton was a regular Bay Area presence, playing the major jazz clubs and the Concord Jazz Festival. In 1977, he released his debut album, Scott Hamilton Is A Good Wind Blowing Us No Ill. scotthamiltonsax.com
"As for Scott Hamilton, he is playing more swinging, inventive, and hot tenor sax than anyone else on the scene today."
"A first-rate jazz soloist who never disappoints."
Larry Vuckovich, piano
Cited by piano legend Barry Harris as "one of the premier West Coast pianists, Mr. Vuckovich brought his Jazz-Latin Trio/Quartet, featured on his two current piano trio/quartet CDs, to Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club in New York on a recent East Coast tour. On the same tour, he performed with Marian McPartland on her Piano Jazz show, broadcast to national and global NPR affiliates. Mr. Vuckovich has appeared as soloist at the Fazioli piano series in San Francisco, New York and Chicago, and also leads an 18-piece band that sold out the 600-seat 2007 Jazz at Filoli show in Woodside, CA. His two latest recordings, High Wall: Real Life Film Noir and Street Scene, on his Tetrachord Music label, placed in the Top 10 of the JazzWeek national radio reporting charts, and are heard regularly on XM Satellite Radio. They have won praise from top critics: "He's a passionate exponent of what most people call straight-ahead jazz ... there is a consistently tasteful quality to his music that makes it very appealing to the ear. " – Leonard Maltin, Movie Crazy. larryvuckovich.com
Paul Keller, Bass
Paul Keller, bass, was Diana Krall's bassist 1995 through 1997, performing around the world with her quartet and recording on her Grammy nominated CD tribute to Nat King Cole. Paul continues currently with periodic tours with Krall, recently (Sept. '06) seen with her on the late night TV shows of David Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Tavis Smiley. He has performed with such acclaimed artists as Joe Williams, Cab Calloway, Oliver Jones, Mulgrew Miller, Jay McShann, James Moody, Barry Harris, Doc Cheatham and many others, appearing at America's major jazz festivals and jazz clubs. pkorecords.com
Leon Joyce, drums
Leon Joyce has performed with Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Barry Harris, Clark Terry, and Conti Condoli. He has appeared at festivals all over the world, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Montreux. leonjoycejr.com