May 27th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich meets Trio Balkan Strings – an International Music Event @ St. Archangel Michael Church social hall in Saratoga
Direct from Belgrade, the acclaimed Trio Balkan Strings on tour stops in the Bay Area and fortunately will be heard this Saturday, May 27th in Saratoga. Guitarist Zoran Starcevic and his two sons, Nikola and Zeljko, are also high level guitarists who have toured the world receiving top reviews. A first time meeting with pianist Larry Vuckovich, they will collaborate on a few selections including Larry’s original Serbo Salsa, Gypsy-Roma Mambo – Ochi Chornaya, and some swing as Limehouse Blues. The Belgrade trio specializes ethnic world music from Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and also does classical selections as well as some Gypsy and American swing. The noted guitarist John McLaughlin has been quoted highly praising this trio. This is an evening not to be missed! Trio Balkan Strings will do selections by themselves and also Larry Vuckovich will perform a few selections in a piano solo format. A special feature of the evening will include some Balkan food specialties along with cocktails.
Venue: St. Archangel Michael 18870 Allendale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Time: Doors open 7 PM Concert at 8 PM followed by a cocktail party at 9:30 PM
Information: View Flier →
Featuring: Zoran Starcevic and his Trio Balkan Strings / Larry Vuckovich, piano
June 4th, Sunday afternoon
Two Piano Quartet: A Unique First Time Presentation with Larry Vuckovich & Adam Shulman @ Piedmont Piano
Larry Vuckovich has had exciting two piano duets with such great pianists as Vince Guaraldi, Buddy Montgomery, Hod O'Brien and Lou Levy. Those memories have remained with Larry giving him inspiration to continue this rarely heard concept on today's jazz scene. Larry was honored to be chosen by Vince Guaraldi to become his piano partner in Vince's Powder Keg – Two Piano Quartet. The other performances with Buddy Montgomery, Hod O'Brien and Lou Levy all exemplified stimulating exchange of ideas, melodic lines, various rhythms and harmonies between the two pianists. Audiences always found this concept most rewarding. Pianist Adam Shulman is a first call Bay Area pianist who has strong roots in bebop and contemporary jazz. The rhythm team of Peter Barshay and Akira Tana displays a close chemistry. Don't miss this one!
Venue: Piedmont Piano 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Adam Shulman, piano / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Peter Barshay, bass / Akira Tana, drums
June 17th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's Latin All Star/Jazz Quartet with John Santos, Perry Thoorsell plus the multilingual vocalist, Valeriana Quevedo@ Immanuel Lutheran Church of Los Altos
Collectively these three jazz/Latin veterans have played with the likes of Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D'Rivera, Jose Mangual, & more. One of their specialties is transforming the timeless, beautiful melodies from the Great American Songbook to jazz rhythms and flavors including boleros, cha-chas, mambos, and sambas. The sound of this trio is unique – you're in for an exciting experience... Multilingual vocalist, Valeriana Quevedo will sing some top South American hits including Brazilian favorites and romantic Mexican boleros as well as mambo and cha cha selections. This church space provides an excellent listening atmosphere. This is a special treat for the Southbay listeners. Don't miss this performance!
Venue: Immanuel Lutheran Church – 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos, CA 94024
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 8:00 PM
Information: (650) 987-4906
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Valeriana Quevedo, vocals / John Santos, Latin percussion / Perry Thoorsell, bass
June 19th, Monday
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Bay Area Sextet featuring Andrew Speight: Kind of Blue, a Miles Davis Tribute @ Yoshi's Jack London Square
The sextet is celebrating Miles Davis' enduring jazz legacy and the iconic 1959 quadruple platinum album "Kind of Blue" which Rolling Stone magazine called: "one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz." Besides Miles, it included such giants as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, and Jimmy Cobb. Cobb is the last surviving member from the "Kind of Blue" sextet. In 2013 Larry performed with Jimmy Cobb, assembling a sextet for him with the same above mentioned frontline for Jimmy's concert of "Kind of Blue" in the Napa Valley.
Venue: Yoshi's 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
Time: 7:30 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Andrew Speight, alto sax / Joel Behrman, trumpet / Steve Heckman, tenor sax / Jeff Chambers, bass / Akira Tana, drums
June 25th, Sunday
Two-time Grammy winner, violinist Mads Tolling & Larry Vuckovich present Improvisational Dialogue @ Brannan's Grill in Calistoga
Mads Tolling, a two-time Grammy Award winner is a nationally renowned violinist and composer. He tours and performs all over the world and his recordings received rave reviews. The program will include originals by both Larry and Mads plus jazz standards, Latin, Brazilian, swinging selections and ethno-jazz. Larry's original "Scandinavian Waltz," dedicated to the great Scandinavian musicians will be played this evening. These two European born jazz musicians who have absorbed the American art form of jazz and offer their unique interpretation in a form of a musical conversation. This will be a special treat for Calistoga jazz listeners. Don't miss this one!
Venue: Brannan's Grill 1374 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, CA 94515
Admission: $20 on performance floor, $10 lower floor/bar area listening only
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Information: (707) 942-2233
Featuring: Mads Tolling, violin / Larry Vuckovich, piano
June 27th, Tuesday
Mads Tolling meets Noel Jewkes with Larry Vuckovich @ Seahorse in Sausalito
When jazz players meet for the first, there is usually an anticipation and excitement in the air between those musicians, which results in spontaneous, inspired playing. There will some creative interchange between Mads and Noel as the band will be performing interesting material, including originals, among which will be some great standards, Latin/Brazilian, contemporary jazz, including bluesy material, and more. Mads Tolling a two-time Grammy Award winner is an internationally renowned jazz 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, teaching at Berkeley’s Jazzschool Conservatory. Noel Jewkes is revered by musicians, critics and music lovers alike as the premier sax player in the Bay Area. Accompanying Mads and Noel is a veteran rhythm section including Larry Vuckovich, Jeff Chambers and Jimmy Gallagher. Seahorse offers some great Italian food and wines.
Venue: Sausalito Seahorse 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito, CA 94965
Admission: No cover charge!
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Information: (415) 331-2899
Featuring: Noel Jewkes, multi-reeds / Mads Tolling, violin / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass / Jimmy Gallagher, drums
July 8th, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's All Star Quartet with Noel Jewkes, with special guest vocalist Valeriana Quevedo @ Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Larry Vuckovich and Noel Jewkes have an association that goes back to 1965 – a period of playing together for over 50 years developing a unique musical rapport. Their wide-ranging repertoire includes originals by both, plus classic jazz and rare standards, Latin/Brazilian, Balkan Middle Eastern selections, bluesy – funky boogaloo material & more. Vocalist/dancer/percussionist Valeriana Quevedo brings a special vocal program featuring melodic Mexican/South American boleros plus Great American Songbook standards. Sebastopol listeners will be treated to a program of diverse American jazz. Rounding out the group is seasoned veteran bassist Jeff Chambers along with the talented 19 year old Tim Angulo on drums.
Venue: Sebastopol Center for the Arts 282 S. High St., Sebastopol, CA 95472
Admission: $20 general / $10 students
Time: 7:30 PM
Featuring: Valeriana Quevedo, vocals / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Noel Jewkes, multi-reeds / Jeff Chambers, bass / Tim Angulo, drums
July 9th, Sunday
Crosswinds: Global Jazz Journey (formerly Blue Balkan) @ Tucker Farm Center in Calistoga
Formerly the Blue Balkan Ensemble, this new revived group features the original Blue Balkan master violinist, Eric Golub along with the exciting marimba player, Tommy Kesecker. Vince Delgado, the great interpreter of the Middle Eastern percussion, along with the seasoned, master bassist Jeff Chambers and his rhythm partner, the swinging, talented 19-year-old drummer, Tim Angulo, create a stimulating rhythm team. Larry Vuckovich has revived the original Blue Balkan ensemble expanding the repertoire into an even more diverse global approach. Besides the Balkan ethnic, Middle Eastern repertoire, the ensemble includes the global elements of North Africa, Russia, South American boleros, Cubans salsa, tango jazz, jazz funk and swinging American classics of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane – contemporary - on the edge jazz.
Venue: Tucker Farm Center 1201 Tucker Summit Dr., Calistoga, CA 94515
Time: Doors open 2 PM
Information: Brown Paper Tickets
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Eric Golub, violin /Tommy Kesecker, marimba / Vince Delgado, dumbek-Middle Eastern percussion/ Jeff Chambers, bass / Tim Angulo, drums / special guest: Coralie Russo, oud.
July 17th, Monday
Dial "P" for Piano: Larry Vuckovich Quintet plays Sonny Clark @ Stanford Jazz Festival 2017
Sonny Clark was one of the great jazz pianists of the late '50s and early '60s, being a prolific sideman for John Coltrane, Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, and others on Blue Note, and leading his own trio for a number of under-rated but brilliant recordings. His music is a true hidden gem of jazz, and in this special concert, piano giant Larry Vuckovich performs his arrangements of a number of Sonny's rarely heard but exquisite masterpieces of bebop. Cited by another keyboard legend, Barry Harris, as one of the "premier west coast pianists," Vuckovich has appeared at many of the major jazz venues and festivals throughout Europe and North America. Along the way, he has played with jazz greats including Mel Lewis, Tom Harrell, Philly Joe Jones, Billy Higgins and many more. Larry was honored as a "Jazz Legend" by the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center, along with Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader and others who have contributed to San Francisco's vital jazz scene. Vuckovich's band features some of the top players on the West Coast, including saxophonist Noel Jewkes, with whom he shares half a century of bandstand experience. They both toured in vocalist Jon Hendricks' popular revue The Evolution of the Blues in the mid-1960s, and have performed and recorded in an array of settings over the years, including Vuckovich's 2000 tribute to Lester "Prez" Young, Young At Heart (Robbins Music). Larry Vuckovich has been close to Sonny Clark's piano style in music since the '50s and is honored to present this classic style of hardbop. Philadelphia born tenor saxophonist Rob Roth is the perfect partner for Noel Jewkes forming a close two-tenor team and interpreting authentically this style. Rounding out the group is a close-knit rhythm section of Jeff Chambers and Leon Joyce
Venue: Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA
Admission: $15 / $40 General
Time: 7:30 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Noel Jewkes, tenor saxophone / Rob Roth, tenor saxophone / Jeff Chambers, bass / Leon Joyce, drums
July 22nd, Saturday
Vocalist Extraordinaire Clairdee with Larry Vuckovich and Jeff Chambers @ Forest Hill Concerts.
Vocalist extraordinaire Clairdee reunites with pianist Larry Vuckovich at Forest Hills Concerts. They have performed on various occasions at different venues and have displayed excellent musical chemistry. This promises to be an exciting evening of great standards, jazz classics and blues, showcasing Clairdee’s masterful talents. Veteran bassist Jeff Chambers and Larry have performed together for over 25 years in numerous settings, including both instrumental and vocal, developing a close-knit rhythm duo. Clairdee is an international touring artist, playing to sold-out houses, and garnering rave reviews. In addition to leading her world-class band, she performs with symphony pop orchestras and big bands, and has worked with acclaimed instrumentalists. Larry Vuckovich and Jeff Chambers have played all over the world with many prominent musicians and at festivals.
Venue: Forest Hill Concerts Hill Christian Church, 250 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Admission: $20 Suggested Donation
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 890-4342
Featuring: Clairdee, vocals / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass