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May 25th, Thursday
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Sextet - World Music Jazz Mix: Swingin' Bebop/Afro-Cuban Salsa + Boleros/Balkan Ethnic Middle Eastern/Boogaloo Bluesy Funky Sounds @ Yoshi's Jack London Square
Jazz pianist/composer Larry Vuckovich is a leading figure - being a pioneer - the first jazz musician in the USA to fuse the Balkan ethnic Gypsy - Roma elements with American jazz. His landmark release of his LP, Blue Balkan in 1980 featuring Bobby Hutcherson and Eric Golub, sets him apart from all the other musicians who followed in this genre such as John Zorn and Dave Douglas. Reception of this music and reviews from the major publications were quite strong, "...ahead of its time...intriguing, fresh-sounding jazz...." + "Prefiguring the much-lauded work of Dave Douglas and even John Zorn ... modern context ... angular, cubist, post-bop compositions ... the gypsy-style melodies, authentically believeable on their own work effortlessly". Don't miss this creative, unique presentation!.
Venue: Yoshi's, Jack London Square 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
Admission: Advance tickets are $29, $5 more the day of and are available at Gualala Arts, Dolphin Gallery
Time: 8:00 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Tommy Kesecker, marimba/ Kai Lyons, guitar /Hector Lugo, congas, vocals / John Wiitala, bass /Akira Tana, drums
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!
Larry was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Jazz Musician award at the Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Fest in Brisbane, CA.
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.
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.Read more →
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.Read more →
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.Read more →
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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