November 19th, Sunday
Modal & Impressionistic Jazz 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 an overview of the fresh Impressionist and modal concepts introduced to jazz starting in the 1950s by Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Gil Evans. The compositions featured on Miles Davis’s groundbreaking 1959 release Kind of Blue will be highlighted in addition to examples recorded by Bill Evans and Gil Evans. Larry will also present selections from his pioneering Blue Balkan recording, one of the first recordings to fuse ethnic folk music from the Balkans with jazz. This 1980 recording featuring the great vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson drew on modal concepts and incorporated influences from the Middle East, drawing on Turkish, Arabic, and other exotic sounds from the region. This presentation will be of interest to both musicians and non-musicians. Jazz lovers who do not play an instrument will be able to appreciate this presentation by getting closer to this music. Also, both instrumentalist and vocalist are invited to participate and do a selection with Larry in a Modal & Impressionistic style
Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances or recordings with many of the jazz greats including Dexter Gordon, Charles McPherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. Larry has been associated with several piano icons such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea. He was the only student of Vince Guaraldi.
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Admission: Advance $30 - Day of Workshop $45
Time: 12:00 PM (Noon) – 3:00 PM
Information: (510) 845-5373
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano
December 3rd, Sunday afternoon
Larry Vuckovich's 81st 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 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 musical dialogue. 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 10, Sunday afternoon
Larry Vuckovich Jazz/Latin Quartet with special guest: Legendary percussionist, Big Black @Blue Note, Napa, CA - NVJS presents this concert celebrating Larry Vuckovich’s 81st birthday month
Big Black and Larry 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, Akira Tana. Jeff and Akira 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 game and playing with high energy!
Venue: Blue Note 1030 Main St., Napa, CA 94559 (Downstairs in Napa Opera House)
Admission: $25 NVJS Members / $45 Non Members
Time: 4:00PM (2 sets)
Information: For tickets, call 707-224-JAZZ
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Big Black, hand percussion/congas / Rob Roth, tenor sax / Jeff Chambers, bass / Akira Tana, drums
December 16th, Saturday
Duet intimacy/improvisational dialogue @ Forest Hill Concerts
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: Forest Hill Concerts 250 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94116
Admission: $20 Suggested Donation
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 890-4342 Forest Hill Concerts offers refreshments and is a short walk from Forest Hill MUNI station • Free parking!
Featuring: Mads Tolling, violin / Larry Vuckovich, piano
December 27th, Wednesday
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Bay Area Sextet featuring the music of Post Bop/Hard Bop Era: Miles, Trane, Dexter, Horace, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan & more @ Yoshi's Jack London Square
After a very successful performance in June of Miles Davis's music, Kind of Blue by Larry Vuckovich All-Star Bay Area sextet, Larry comes back to Yoshi’s continuing the music of Miles from the same era. This time he's bringing the very popular swinging and hard driving, timeless jazz of the Post Bop/Hard Bop era. Besides the music of Miles, the sextet will be performing compositions of John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Clark, Grant Green, Lee Morgan – the jazz greats of that era. This music is still with us and has never left its effect on the jazz scene. The original compositions of those greats are memorable and their ballads projected a lot of beauty. Don't miss this evening of soulful, finger snapping jazz that will stay with you for a long time!
Venue:Yoshi's Jack London Square 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