November 11th, Sunday
Celebrating Detroit's Great Jazz Legacy: Detroit produced the largest number of influential jazz greats – Second Part Rare Jazz instrumental / Vocal Gems with Larry Vuckovich @ California Jazz Conservatory – The JAZZSCHOOL
While many America’s major jazz cities produced a number of important jazz musicians, the city of Detroit leads this list by bringing out the largest number of jazz greats. Just check out some of these masters: Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Lucky Thompson, Wardell Gray, Yussef Lateef, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Donald Byrd, Terry Gibbs, Terry Pollard, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, Pepper Adams, Joe Henderson, Sir Roland Hanna, Doug Watkins, Kenny Burrell, Charles McPherson, Sonny Red, Marcus Belgrave, Ron Carter, Alice McLeod (Coltrane), Frank Gant, Betty Carter, Art Mardigan, Curtis Fuller, Fred Mergy, Louis Hayes, Billy Mitchell, Donald Walden, Sheila Jordan, Paul Keller, Chuck McPherson, Al Obidinski and there are more. Pianist Larry Vuckovich will showcase the music of these greats, noting their major stylistic influences which they contributed to jazz.… In the second part of this workshop, Larry Vuckovich will introduce the attendees to some more of rarely heard jazz vocal/instrumental gems – recordings that are obscure these days and need to be heard, due to the mark that they left on the jazz scene. Besides the musicians who attend these sessions, one does not have to be a musician to enjoy and learn some of this great history. A lot of past non-musician attendees have left these workshops inspired, leaving on a high note, having learned what they previously did not know. This is a premier presentation of this great Detroit theme – don't miss it!
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
November 17th, Saturday
Dynamic, Soulful, World-Class Vocalist Jackie Ryan with Larry Vuckovich Trio @ San Ramon Library
Jackie Ryan is one of the most soulful, dynamic vocalists on the jazz scene today. She has received throughout the years some of the best possible press and accolades from top critics. Her CDs always make the number one spot on the national radio charts. Jackie's also one of the most versatile, if not the most versatile vocalist in the world today. Besides singing in English, she sings authentically in Spanish, Portuguese, French & Italian. Her pronunciation and interpretation is the real deal – her soulful delivery with honest emotion, moves the audiences deeply. For this concert, she will be presenting her creative, diverse material of great standards and the world music selections mentioned above. Accompanied by the veteran trio of pianist Larry Vuckovich, bassist Jeff Chambers and drummer Leon Joyce, this is a concert not to be missed!
Venue: San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St., San Ramon, CA
Admission: $25 general, $20 students
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Information: San Ramon Library
Tickets: Box Office: (925) 973-3343
Featuring: Jackie Ryan, vocals / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass / Leon Joyce, drums
November 23, Friday
Eric Golub and Larry Vuckovich Duo – A Diverse Musical Journey, plus a Balkan Touch @ Point Richmond Jazz
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. Don’t miss this!
Venue: Point Richmond Jazz, 201 Martina St. Richmond, CA 94801
Admission: $18.00, online; $25.00 at the door
Time: 7:30 PM
Featuring: Eric Golub, violin, Viola/ Larry Vuckovich, piano
December 9th, Sunday afternoon
Larry Vuckovich's 82nd Birthday: Solo Piano, Duet Intimacy & Improvisational Dialogue @ Piedmont Piano/Sunday afternoon Jeff Chambers, one of the most versatile and acclaimed bassists on the international scene, joins Larry Vuckovich in an duo format. Larry will open with some solo piano selections, after which he will bring Jeff to the stage.
Larry and Jeff have an association, going back to almost 30 years of performing together. They have a close musical rapport where their chemistry/interplay has developed to a high level of swinging, sophisticated jazz dialogue. They will be performing a variety of styles, from swinging bebop, contemporary jazz, Brazilian/Latin, bluesy Boogaloo funky material, Balkan and in other world music & more. After a couple of solo piano selections or so, Larry will bring Jeff on stage for some creative and swinging jazz. As always, we will bring special treats: assorted cheeses, hummus, olives, and wines, to express thanks to our jazz listeners. We hope you will join us for this special event. Piedmont Piano always has a world class nine foot concert grand on stage- either a Fazioli, or a Yamaha.
Venue: Piedmont Piano New Oakland store 18th and San Pablo, Oakland, CA
Admission: $20 Donation
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon
Information: (510) 547-8188
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jeff Chambers, bass
December 26th, Wednesday
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Bay Area Sextet: Bringing in the New Year Early in a Swinging Style! Greatest Hits of Jazz Decades from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s @ Yoshi's Jack London Square
After a very successful performance in June of Miles Davis's music, Live From the Black Hawk by Larry Vuckovich All-Star Bay Area sextet, Larry comes back to Yoshi's with a new, uplifting historic theme of the best swinging jazz from the 30's, 40s, 50s, & 60s. Come and hear the great hits from the orchestras of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey/Sy Oliver and the great jazz groups of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner & John Coltrane. Don't miss this year ending swinging jazz that will keep you going into the New Year.
Venue: Yoshi's Jack London Square 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
Time: 8 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Andrew Speight, alto sax / Joel Behrman, trumpet / Steve Heckman, tenor sax / Jeff Chambers, bass / Akira Tana, drums