June 27th, Wednesday
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Bay Area Quintet performs: Miles Davis In Person: Friday & Saturday Nights at the Black Hawk @ Yoshi's Jack London Square
As a teenager, Larry Vuckovich heard Miles Davis numerous times at the Black Hawk. The first time it was with Miles' original quintet that included John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. In 1961 Miles brought another stellar quintet that featured Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. The Black Hawk live recordings with this group has now attained legendary status. They represent the epitome of straight ahead post bop jazz style. Larry's Bay Area All-Star Quintet will re- create these exciting sounds and recall such selections as Bye Bye Blackbird, If I Were a Bell, All of You, Walkin', Oleo and more.
Venue:Yoshi's Jack London Square 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
Time: 8:00 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Joel Behrman, trumpet / Rob Roth, tenor sax / Jeff Chambers, bass / Jason Lewis, drums
July 8th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich Jazz/Latin Quartet with special guest: Legendary Percussionist Big Black
Big Black and Larry Vuckovich have recently reunited after 50 years, originally having performed with jazz master vocalist, Jon Hendricks at the Trident in Sausalito and at the Orange County Jazz Festival. Legendary percussionist Big Black has an amazing history having worked long periods with Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston and Freddie Hubbard. When Mohammed Ali fought in Zaire, he brought Big Black with him to perform and raise his spirits. For this performance the band also includes Philly-born and raised, East Coast styled, hard swinging tenor saxophonist Rob Roth, who also brings out beauty and sensitivity in his playing. The magnificent Jeff Chambers is on bass, along with the top notch drummer, Jason Lewis. Jeff and Jason have a long association and are an excellent rhythm team. The music will include hard-swinging bebop, Latin and World music, sounds of the Balkans and Africa, plus funky boogaloo selections and beautiful romantic boleros. Don’t miss this special performance featuring two octogenarians who are at the top of their game and playing with high energy!
Venue: The Bach 311 Mirada Road Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Admission: Advance Adults $45/$35, Students $25; at the door Adults $50, Students $30
Time: 4:30-7:30 PM
Tickets: (650) 726-4143
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Big Black, percussion / Rob Roth, tenor / Jeff Chambers, bass /Jason Lewis, drums
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
August 5th, Sunday
Larry Vuckovich Jazz/Latin Quartet featuring the Puerto Rican Master Percussionist Hector Lugo @ Portola Vineyards Summer Jazz
Jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich is recognized as one of the most versatile on the scene today. His Beyond Category wide-ranging repertoire includes swinging bebop, Afro-Cuban Salsa, Brazilian, ethnic world jazz music including sounds of the Balkans, North Africa, Middle East, Russia, plus funky, bluesy, boogaloo selections, flamenco & tango jazz & more. Besides having performed with such greats as Dexter Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, he has also played with some renowned Latin percussionists like Jose Mangual, Pete Escovedo, Frankie Malabe, John Santos & Hector Lugo. Hector is featured on Larry’s two acclaimed CDs, Street Scene & High Wall: Real Life Film Noir, which have the same instrumentation as in today’s concert. Don’t miss this stimulating program of swinging jazz, hot Latin rhythms, beautiful boleros & a touch of jazz sounds of the Middle East.
Venue: Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Rd, Portola Valley, CA 94028
Admission: Advance Adults $24, Students $12
Time: 6PM-7:30 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Hector Lugo, percussion / Jeff Chambers, bass /Jason Lewis, drums