Three nights at the

May 16th, Thursday

Live Performance Steve Heckman & Larry Vuckovich Quartet: Tenor Masters Tribute—Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins & John Coltrane
Former New Yorker, master saxophonist Steve Heckman authentically interprets the music of the Tenor Masters. For people who like swinging jazz/authentic Bebop, this presentation is as good as they come. This is most definitely a finger poppin’ and foot stomping jazz concert. At the same time, Steve will be interpreting a beautiful ballad here and there which these greats who recorded. It needs to be noted that the food at the Meyhouse Restaurant is superb, which helps to the enjoyment of the music. Don't miss this one!

Venue: Turkish Meyhouse Restaurant, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA
Admission: $45
Time: Two Shows: 6:30PM and 8:30PM
Tickets: Purchase Here
Featuring: Steve Heckman & Larry Vuckovich

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May 17th, Friday

Live Performance Latin Night: Kai Lyons, Hector Lugo & Larry Vuckovich Quartet
With Ken Okada on bass, the chemistry and the repertoire of this Latin Jazz Quartet, is on the high level. These 4 veterans have been doing this music for a number of years, constantly adding new material. They will cover some Dizzy Gillespie's Afro-Cuban Bebop, authentic, classic Latin standards and even include the theme from the Godfather played with Afro-Cuban feeling. Besides playing hot Latin percussion, Hector Lugo has a magnificent voice and will sing such classics as Sabor A Mi, Quizas Quizas Quizas + more! While eating your dinner, you will be moving in your seat slightly with Latin rhythms!

Venue: Turkish Meyhouse Restaurant, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA
Admission: $60
Time: Two Shows: 6:30PM and 8:30PM
Tickets: Purchase Here
Featuring: Kai Lyons, Hector Lugo, Larry Vuckovich, & Ken Okada

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May 18th, Saturday

Live Performance Latin Night: El Vucko Latin Jazz Quartet featuring Hector Lugo
Going back a number of years ago, pianist Larry Vuckovich formed a Latin band called La Orquesta El Vucko, in which Hector Lugo was the original member. This Latin jazz quartet presents wide-ranging repertoire of Afro-Cuban Bebop classics, special standards played in Latin style, resembling the manner of the great Cal Tjader quintet. Hector Lugo, as always will sing some attractive selections showcasing his magnificent vocal sound. This is a night including energetic Latin selections, ranging from beautiful boleros, to mambos, cha-cha's + more.

Venue: Turkish Meyhouse Restaurant, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA
Admission: $60
Time: Two Shows: 6:30PM and 8:30PM
Tickets: Purchase Here
Featuring: Hector Lugo & Larry Vuckovich

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KCSM's I'm Talkin’ Jazz
April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 2020

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Pianist/Composer Larry Vuckovich and KCSM's esteemed DJ Chris Cortez, take the audience on a Virtual Journey of the great clubs in San Francisco area, from the 50s and 60s. This Four-Part Series on KCSM's I'm Talkin’ Jazz, took place Sundays in April, 2020
50s and 60s era was the heyday of the amazing activity that jazz had throughout San Francisco and Bay Area, featuring regularly such great visitors as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry James, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans Trios, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and many others. Additionally San Fran's resident outstanding musicians as John Handy, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Richard Wyands, Dave Brubeck, Brew Moore, Eddie Duran and numerous others, performed frequently. Larry and Chris feature exciting recordings, plus Larry Vuckovich recounts many interesting historic stories from those days, having freshly arrived as a teenager from former Yugoslavia, experiencing the new music, and also having personal connection with those greats. Download this exciting four-part series!

Download Shows (MP3): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

2019 Awards

May, 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award Larry was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Jazz Musician award at the Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Fest in Brisbane, CA.

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March, 2019
Larry was honored in August at the Nišville Festival in Serbia (8/8/19 - 8/11/19). He received a Lifetime Achievement Award for being the only jazz musician from the former Yugoslavia, residing and performed with numerous greats in the US for over 60 years. Larry appeared at the Nišville Festival in Serbia as a guest soloist with the big band. Larry also presented a jazz piano workshop.

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    Somethin' Special (2011) Somethin' Special creates a strong 'Blue Note' flavor of soulful, swinging jazz. The selections reflect the pianist's important early influences, honoring the jazz masters who inspired him when he first began playing jazz.
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    High Wall Real Life Film Noir (2008) High Wall: Real Life Film Noir is the sequel to the Larry Vuckovich Street Scene, which placed #1 on XM Satellite Radio for six weeks and hit the Top 10 of JazzWeek and college radio charts.
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    Street Scene (2006) Street Scene distills a lifetime journey through jazz of a versatile pianist who has performed with many jazz giants of yesterday and today. Larry Vuckovich has worked with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Charles McPherson and others.
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Welcome to the online home of Larry Vuckovich

Called by Barry Harris "one of the premier west coast pianists." You can hear selections from Larry's latest CDs, Somethin' Special, High Wall, Street Scene, Reunion, Blue Balkan", and Young At Heart", check out photos, see Larry's scheduled appearances, and more. Enjoy the hard-swinging, post-bop, contemporary jazz and world music from this exceptional musician's site. Listen to Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Show featuring Larry. While in New York Larry also performed at the Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club. Also check out the Chuck Sher's newly released "European Real Book" featuring "the best in contemporary jazz from Europe" which includes two of Larry Vuckovich's originals and compositions from other famous musicians such as Toots Thielmans, Joe Zawinul, Django Reinhardt, Victor Feldman and others. Lastly, listen to audio samples of many of Larry's releases!

Larry Vuckovich Hits #2 on Swiss National Radio Jazz Popularity Poll
Swiss National Radio jazz listeners voted Larry Vuckovich's Beyond Category music at #2 on it's Popularity Poll for the week of October 13–20, 2010. The highly creative, versatile jazz pianist placed just behind the fans' #1 favorite, the renowned Jeff Hamilton Trio. View the poll →

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