May 24th, Sunday Afternoon Postponed for a later date
Vocal Accompaniment Workshop – Of all the jazz pianists remaining on the scene today, Larry Vuckovich has performed with the Widest Ranging, Different Styled Group of Vocalists in History: Jon Hendricks, Cab Calloway, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Leon Thomas, Annie Ross, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Cleanhead Vinson & more. Different styles include jazz, blues – funky Boogaloo – gospel, ballads, Latin, Brazilian & World Music @ California Jazz Conservatory – The JAZZSCHOOL
This large group of great jazz singers, who cover all the different styles and expressions in jazz, gave Mr. Vuckovich invaluable experience in learning to be at home in whatever style they sang. These wide-ranging forms and styles of jazz singing include bebop, swing era, vocalese, ballad style, blues/gospel, Latin and Brazilian jazz, and even experimental avant-garde singing. Many of the great names that Larry accompanied include Eddie Jefferson, Anita O’Day, David Allyn, Helen Humes, Ernestine Anderson, Big Mama Thornton, Big Miller, Jimmy Witherspoon, Maria Volonte (Argentina), Celia Malheiros (Brazil) and more. In today’s workshop. Mr. Vuckovich will demonstrate different aspects of accompanying various styles of jazz, including different tempos and moods, by using varying harmonic voicings and colors pertaining to particular compositions. Different areas and styles of jazz require specific harmonies and special rhythms to define that period of jazz. Attention will be given to the usage allowing space, not crowding the vocalist. Another particular accompanying area that Larry specializes in is rubato – free style accompanying. The pianist and vocalist can create sympathetic, spontaneous interplay, resulting in developing a creative result, which brings the music to a high artistic level. The Gypsy – Roma musicians are the masters of rubato playing. Originating from the Balkans, Larry has absorbed this unique concept.
In today’s workshop pianists can learn how to play for blues and gospel singers, how to accompany bebop/swing vocalists, and also how to use the correct rhythms/comping for Latin and jazz accompanying. There will be examples seen and heard, including videos of some of the great singers accompanied by renown pianists as Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Lou Levy, and lesser known great accompanists, such as Don Abney and Jimmy Jones. Special note: besides musicians, who learn from this workshop, the music heard and demonstrated today, can be also enjoyed by the jazz lovers, who are not musicians. They will leave this workshop uplifted, having heard and learned some exceptional music, something totally fresh. Besides vocal accompanying, Larry will also demonstrate how to comp for instrumentalists.
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison St., 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 30th, Saturday Afternoon
Larry Vuckovich, Solo Piano: Live Streaming Saturday, May 30th, at 1 PM
On May 30th, Saturday afternoon at 1 PM, I'll be doing my first streaming broadcast from my home. We are preparing the best possible video and sound at this time. Here is a link to get more info and also to subscribe.
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Larry Vuckovich has been fortunate to have played, toured, recorded with some of the greatest jazz artists including Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby McFerrin & more. His 1980 LP release Blue Balkan ,featuring Bobby Hutcherson, has established him as a pioneer in the US, being the first to fuse Balkan ethnic with American jazz. Last year he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his former country of Yugoslavia at the Nišville Jazz Festival in Serbia. This information is available on the homepage of his website www.larryvuckovich.com. … He has performed in New York at the top venues, including Village Vanguard with Charles McPherson, Billy Higgins, Curtis Fuller; also at Bradley's with Red Mitchell and at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with my own quartet.… His wide-ranging solo piano concert repertoire includes Swinging Bebop, Contemporary Jazz, Rare Standards, Balkan Ethnic, Latin/Brazilian, Flamenco jazz, Blues/Boogaloo & more.
Venue: Live from Larry’s Home
Admission: Donation will be appreciated
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano
May 30th, Saturday afternoon Postponed for a later date
Larry Vuckovich in Solo Concert @ Maybeck Hall, Berkeley
Larry Vuckovich returns to Maybeck once again and will do a program of more surprises- selections that are seldom heard, including the ones he hasn't played in a while. As always, it'll be a diverse/wide ranging program of rare standards, classic jazz, bebop, Latin/Brazilian, world music including Balkan Ethnic selections, funky/boogaloo, jazz tango, etc. He 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 Studio 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
Sunday, November 8 Rescheduled from April 5th, Sunday Afternoon
Blockbuster Janice King Presentation: Two Finest Male Baritone Blues/Ballads Interpreters in the US – Jamie Davis & Alvon Johnson with the Larry Vuckovich All-Star Quartet, April 5th @ Vintage House, Sonoma, CA
Two of the finest vocalists on the jazz scene today and anywhere else in the world, Jamie Davis and Alvon Johnson, present a diverse program of swinging standards, soulful blues, plus romantic ballads. Alvon Johnson is also a masterful guitarist who makes his first appearance for the Sonoma Jazz Society. Alvon and Jamie both tour internationally on their own, having successful concerts all over the world. Besides exciting blues singing, both of these vocalists sing beautiful/romantic Johnny Hartman style ballads. They will be featured separately in two different sets, concluding the evening by singing together at the end. A new major discovery on the guitar, the young 24 year old , Kai Lyons, will be featured in Larry Vuckovich’s All Star Quartet – opening the show. Don’t miss this Blockbuster, unique performance – a Bay Area first!
Venue: Vintage House 264 1st Street East, Sonoma, CA
Admission: Tickets: $35 Members; $50 Non-Members
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Doors open at 3:00 p.m.
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Jamie Davis, vocals / Alvon Johnson, vocals, guitar / Kai Lyons, guitar / Jeff Chambers, bass /Jason Lewis, drums