October 19th, Saturday Afternoon Jazz in Calistoga-Last performance for This Year
Calistoga Jazz: Alto Madness! Revolutionary music of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt & Jackie McLean @ Tucker Farm Center, Calistoga, CA
Renowned, master bebop alto saxophonist Andrew Speight comes to the Tucker Farm Center for the first time in a program that highlights the music of the greatest alto jazz saxophonists: Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt & Jackie McLean. Andrew, who teaches at SF State has performed with some of the best jazz musicians such as Jimmy Cobb, Wynton Marsalis, Nat Adderley, just to name a few. After Cannonball Adderley passed away, his brother Nat invited Andrew to tour with that famous quintet performing the music of Cannonball. This will be an exciting, hard-swinging concert featuring the best of bebop. After the swing era, Charlie Parker, along with Dizzy Gillespie, introduced the new bebop style of jazz which was hard swinging, but also brought new exciting syncopated rhythms and harmonies, giving it a totally new fresh sound. Besides Andrew, the quintet includes the very seasoned, authentic trumpet player, Modesto Briseno, bassist Doug Miller, drummer Austin Harris and pianist Larry Vuckovich.. Don’t miss this! Various wines/cheeses available for purchase.
Venue: Tucker Farm Center 1201 Tucker Road Calistoga, CA 94515
Admission: Tickets: $25
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets 707.774-1672
Featuring: Andrew Speight, alto sax / Modesto Briseno, trumpet / Larry Vuckovich, piano / Doug Miller, bass /Austin Harris, drums
October 26th, Saturday
Fred Adler Presents An Evening of Jazz in the Autumn – Jamie Davis: Romantic / Bluesy Baritone Unique Voice Accompanied by Larry Vuckovich & Jeff Chambers @ Gualala Arts Center
Vocalist Jamie Davis was recently nominated for a Grammy along with the Count Basie orchestra for the recording of " All About That Basie ". He has a rich baritone voice equally suited for a romantic ballads, swinging blues, jazz classics, special standards & more. Jamie will sing some beautiful autumn selections, romantic ballads from the Johnny Hartman/John Coltrane recording, swinging standards and blues. Pianist Larry Vuckovich has accompanying numerous jazz great vocalists such as Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Irene Kral, Anita O'Day, Helen Humes, and many more. Bassist Jeff Chambers, likewise has accompanied many great artists in jazz. This will be a special concert presenting a repertoire not typically heard in today's jazz. What makes it special, it will be performed by the seasoned jazz veterans. Don't miss this concert!
Venue: Gualala Arts Center 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala, CA 95445
Admission: $29 advance, $5 more day of
Time: 6:30 PM
Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
Featuring: Jamie Davis, vocals/ Larry Vuckovich, piano /Jeff Chambers, bass
November 3rd, Sunday Afternoon
Larry Vuckovich in Solo/Duo Concert: Beautiful Autumn Standards + More @ A Lovely Home, Alameda
Larry Vuckovich returns to this attractive home in Alameda once again and will do a program of surprises- selections that are seldom heard, including the ones he hasn't played in a while, plus some beautiful Autumn standards. Larry will be playing a magnificent Mason Hamlin 9 ft concert grand. 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/duo piano presentation. Larry will be accompanied by the swinging bassist Mike Hallesy on a few selections. Complimentary refreshments will be served including cheeses, fine wines, dolmas, dark chocolate.
Venue: A Lovely Home in Alameda
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Information: for tickets email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, solo piano/ plus Mike Hallesy, bass on certain selections
November 10th, Sunday Afternoon
Celebrating Legacy of Brazilian music: Important Lineage from Slavery to Choros, Pre-Bossa Nova Movement, resulting in Bossa Nova, with Larry Vuckovich @ California Jazz Conservatory – The JAZZSCHOOL
Jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich had the fortune of becoming acquainted with the early forms of Brazilian music before the bossa nova movement came on the scene. In the mid-50s, Larry was introduced to the recordings of Laurindo Almeida, who played a major role in the pre–bossa nova movement and later continued the Brazilian influence that resulted in what became known as bossa nova. Almeida knew and performed the music of two important Brazilian jazz masters: guitarist Garoto, and pianist Radames Gnattali. Brazilian master guitarist Garoto came to the United States in the 40s with the vocalist/dancer Carmen Miranda. After performances with her in New York, Garoto would play late at night at venues that attracted such greats as Duke Ellington and Art Tatum, who became his regular followers…..They were highly impressed by Garoto’s virtuosity and were moved by this new form of modern Brazilian music. Both Garoto and Gnattali were ahead of their time by combining modern jazz elements with Brazilian ethnic music and creating something fresh that paved the way for the later bossa nova movement. Also in the mid 50s, Larry became familiar with Laurindo Almeida’s revolutionary recording on Pacific Jazz — Brazilliance, that featured alto saxophonist Bud Shank. This recording anticipated the Bossa Nova movement that came a few years later. The famous film Black Orpheus in the later 50s introduced compositions by Jobim and Luis Bonfa…..Larry will cover the origins of Brazilian music from slavery to choro forms including renowned composer Pixinguinha, one of the most famous in the choro area, whose original composition Carinhoso is one of the most loved. This will be followed by the new inventions of Garoto and Gnattali and on to the bossa nova movement. This is a first-time presentation at the CJC of this great Brazilian legacy covering in detail all the important steps of the music from Brazil. Don’t miss this special presentation!
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