Schedule Upcoming Concerts & Events in 2018
April 15th, Sunday

Larry Vuckovich in Solo Concert with commentary @ Wunderman House, Mountain View
An interesting diverse program of American Standard Classics (Gershwin, Ellington, Porter), Jazz styles of various eras, World Music – Balkan/Gypsy – Roma, Latin/Brazilian/Tango Jazz & Classical Music influences. Pianist Larry Vuckovich will present a diverse program that will also include some insights into Great American composers: Victor Young and Harry Warren. He will give some of their interesting history – not typically known. Larry Vuckovich 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: Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View, CA
Admission: $25
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Information: for tickets call 707.299.9964
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano

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April 22nd, Sunday

Origins of Latin Jazz - Cuban Melodic/Rhythmic Connection - Rare Jazz Instrument/Vocal Gems 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 the Origins of Latin Jazz melodies and rhythms. Cuba played a major role in both of these elements. La Habanera Rhythm pattern was used in the 19th century by the French composer Bizet. Further on combined with African rhythms and Cuban rhythmic and melodic elements, this music developed into a sophisticated jazz influential form. Larry Vuckovich will bring out the music of famous Cuban composers such as Ernesto Lecuona and Oswaldo Farres. He will also include and present the styles and developments of Cuban music which followed later. Hearing and experiencing the modern version of this music firsthand at the famed Black Hawk club in San Francisco by the great band that Cal Tjader had, left a strong impression. Cal Tjader's quintet was one of the top Latin bands in the country, having such personnel as Mongo Santamaria on congas, Willie Bobo on timbales/drums, Al McKibbon on bass and Vince Guaraldi on piano. In the second part of this workshop, rare instrumental and vocal seldom heard gems, that left an important mark in this art form, will be presented.

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


May 6th, Sunday

Larry Vuckovich in Solo Concert @ Maybeck Hall, Berkeley
An interesting diverse program of American Standard Classics (Gershwin, Ellington, Porter), Jazz styles of various eras, World Music – Balkan/Gypsy – Roma, Latin/Brazilian/Tango Jazz & Classical Music influences. Pianist Larry Vuckovich 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 Hall 1537 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, CA 94708
Admission: $25 general, $15 students. Online reservations required: Reserve Tickets
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Information: info@maybeckstudio.org
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano

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May 12th, Saturday

Duet Intimacy/Improvisational Dialogue @ The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in the Sunset
Featuring Eric Golub, violin & viola and Larry Vuckovich, piano, playing originals by Larry, including Blue Balkan selections, plus jazz standards/swinging jazz, Latin, Brazilian and other world music.
Eric Golub is an outstanding jazz violinist. As well as performing straight ahead/contemporary jazz, his specialty going back many years has been performing the music of the Balkans, Middle East and Asia. He is the original member of Larry's Blue Balkan landmark recording featuring the legendary Bobby Hutcherson. Eric has also performed with Gary Burton, Tom Harrell, Sadao Watanabe, Kronos Quartet andCharles McPherson. 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: The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Admission: $20 General, $15 Students/Seniors
Time: 7:30 PM
Information: (415) 564-2324 http://sunsetarts.wordpress.com
Featuring: Eric Golub, violin & viola / Larry Vuckovich, piano

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May 20th, Sunday afternoon

Swinging Jazz/Blues Organ Concert: Wayne De La Cruz on Hammond B3, with Larry Vuckovich on Roland Organ; guest vocalist Kellie Fuller. @ Tucker Farm Center in Calistoga
For the first time in Calistoga you can hear some swinging standards organ style; bebop/blues classics, funky boogaloo & Latin/Brazilian selections all done with a soulful feel. Wayne De La Cruz has specialized in B3 jazz performing for a number of years. While playing in the style of Jimmy Smith & Richard “Groove” Holmes, he projects his own personal expression of that genre. During his tenure at the famous Jazz Workshop Monday night jams in SF, Larry Vuckovich performed on the B3 organs used by Jimmy Smith & Shirley Scott. Together Wayne & Larry will present a swinging afternoon of soulful organ style jazz. Guest vocalist Kellie Fuller will bring some additional flair to this performance. Room for dancing. Food & refreshments available.

Venue: Tucker Farm Center 1201 Tucker Summit Dr., Calistoga, CA 94515
Admission: $25
Time: Doors open 2 PM; Concert 4pm-6pm
Information: Brown Paper Tickets
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets
Featuring: Wayne De La Cruz, Hammond B3 / Larry Vuckovich, Roland Organ / Kellie Fuller, vocals / Chris Pimentel, guitar / Kent Bryson, drums

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June 3rd, Sunday afternoon

Larry Vuckovich's Demonstration/Lecture Presentation @ Café Pink House in Saratoga, CA.
Exciting Jazz Gems and Various Other Aspects of this Art Form: Recorded and Video performances by master jazz musicians from USA, Japan, Serbia & Montenegro – Listening Session- just like being at a concert
Pianist Larry Vuckovich, having played throughout the years with so many jazz greats, has acquired an extensive repertoire of various jazz gems–the best America has to offer musically. He has a vast knowledge of American jazz recorded history which includes both instrumental & vocal masterpieces. In this lecture/talk presentation at Cafe Pink House, he will cover the gems of American jazz as well as some great jazz music from Japan plus from the former Yugoslavia: jazz played by Serbian and Montenegrin musicians. Don’t miss this special program that shows the power of American jazz throughout the world. You will hear some inspired recordings plus videos leaving you in an uplifted mood and taking you on a musical journey.

Venue: Café Pink House 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Admission: $20
Time: 4-6 PM
Information: (408) 647-2273
Tickets: Café Pink House
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, commentary/lecture session

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June 27th, Wednesday

Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Bay Area Quintet performs: Mile 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 Blackhawk. 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 Blackhawk live recording with this groub has now attained legendary status. They represent the epitome of straight ahead post bop jazz style. Larry's Bay Area all-star quintet will 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
Admission: $21
Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: Ticketfly
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano / Joel Behrman, trumpet / Rob Roth, tenor sax / Jeff Chambers, bass / Jason Lewis, drums

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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

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