February 3rd, Saturday 7:30 pm - 10 pm
Larry Vuckovich's Three Generations in Jazz Trio Featuring Jeff Chambers and Jason Lewis @ Café Pink House in Saratoga, CA.
Veteran, internationally acclaimed pianist Larry Vuckovich, who is in his 82nd year, brings a swinging trio of three different generations to Café Pink House. Together this trio will combine their collective experiences and present a night of swinging jazz, including bebop contemporary jazz, bluesy/funky sounds, Latin/Brazilian, Balkan Ethnic and other world music. Bassist Jeff Chambers has performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Freddy Hubbard and Ahmad Jamal. Drummer Jason Lewis has performed with James Moody, Taylor Eigsti, Gary Burton. Pianist Larry Vuckovich has worked with such masters as Philly Joe Jones, Dexter Gordon, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, just to name a few. Don't miss this special performance.
Venue: Café Pink House 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Admission: $18 advance, $21 at the door
Time: 7:30 – 10 PM
Information: (408) 647-2273
Tickets: Café Pink House
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass / Jason Lewis, drums
March 17, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's Vince Guaraldi Tribute Quintet presented by the Vallejo Jazz Society @ The Empress Theatre in Vallejo
Larry Vuckovich is honored to bring a tribute to his former teacher Vince Guaraldi to The Empress Theatre. After receiving enthusiastic receptions at both the Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals, this quintet will perform Vince Guaraldi’s true Jazz/Latin/funky side. That’s the music he loved to play and felt closets to. Vince became famous for his Peanuts/Charlie Brown music including his Charlie Brown’s Christmas TV specials. Larry, who was Vince’s only student and was chosen by Vince to play in his two piano quintet Powder Keg, presents an authentic first-hand musical portrait of the Bay Area native and internationally acclaimed pianist.
Venue: Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590
Admission: $10 for Vallejo Jazz Society members; $20 General
Time: 6:00 PM
Tickets: empresstheatre.org 707-552-2400
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Massanari, guitar / John Santos, Latin percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass / Akira Tana, drums
April 22nd, Sunday
Origins of Latin Jazz - Cuban Melodic/Rhythmic Connection - Rare Jazz Instrument/Vocal Gems with Larry Vuckovich @ California Jazz Conservatory – The JAZZSCHOOL
Master jazz pianist and long-time veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene Larry Vuckovich returns to the CJC and presents the Origins of Latin Jazz melodies and rhythms. Cuba played a major role in both of these elements. La Habanera Rhythm pattern was used in the 19th century by the French composer Bizet. Further on combined with African rhythms and Cuban rhythmic and melodic elements, this music developed into a sophisticated jazz influential form. Larry Vuckovich will bring out the music of famous Cuban composers such as Ernesto Lecuona and Oswaldo Farres. He will also include and present the styles and developments of Cuban music which followed later. Hearing and experiencing the modern version of this music firsthand at the famed Black Hawk club in San Francisco by the great band that Cal Tjader had, left a strong impression. Cal Tjader's quintet was one of the top Latin bands in the country, having such personnel as Mongo Santamaria on congas, Willie Bobo on timbales/drums, Al McKibbon on bass and Vince Guaraldi on piano. In the second part of this workshop, rare instrumental and vocal seldom heard gems, that left an important mark in this art form, will be presented.
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Admission: Advance $35 - Day of Workshop $45
Time: 12:00 PM (Noon) – 3:00 PM
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano
May 6th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich in Solo Concert @ Maybeck Hall, Berkeley
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: Maybeck Hall 1537 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, CA 94708
Admission: $25 general, $15 students. Online reservations required: Reserve Tickets
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano
May 12th, Saturday
Duet Intimacy/Improvisational Dialogue @ The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in the Sunset
Featuring Mads Tolling, violin and Larry Vuckovich, piano, playing originals by both Larry and Mads, plus jazz standards, Latin, Brazilian and some with swinging contemporary flavor. The duo returns due to popular demand. Mads Tolling, a two time Grammy Award winner, is an internationally renowned violinist, violist and composer. His quartet has performed all over the world and his recordings have received rave reviews. The Copenhagen born artist is a force in the educational aspects of jazz and improvisation, and teaches at Berkeley's Jazzschool Conservatory. The program will include originals by both Larry and Mads, plus jazz standards, Latin, Brazilian and some with swinging contemporary flavor. 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: The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Admission: $20 General, $15 Students/Seniors
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 564-2324 http://sunsetarts.wordpress.com
Featuring: Mads Tolling, violin / Larry Vuckovich, piano
July 15th, Sunday afternoon
Classic Jazz Piano/Guitar/Bass Trio format: Hits from Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi, Ahmad Jamaal , Jim Hall and Wynton Kelly trios @ Piedmont Piano
Larry Vuckovich presents an exciting jazz historic trio format. Before the modern jazz piano trios of piano/bass/drums such as Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and Hank Jones trio formats, the original jazz piano trio included the combination piano/guitar/bass. Nat King Cole popularized this format. Art Tatum also at times played in this combination. Vince Guaraldi’s first recordings were also in this format. One of Jim Hall’s favorite recordings was done with Carl Perkins on piano and Red Mitchell on bass. Ahmad Jamal had a very successful trio combination with the guitar, and a hard swinging pianist Wynton Kelly recorded in this combination with Kenny Burrell. Larry Vuckovich is excited to bring this swinging jazz trio concept to Piedmont Piano featuring the outstanding Bay Area veteran Jeff Chambers on bass, and the young, new discovery on the guitar, Kai Lyons. Don’t miss this special concert!
Venue: Piedmont Piano 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Kai Lyons, guitar / Jeff Chambers, bass