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Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 1 PM | Larry Vuckovich's Dynamic Duo
Note: if you're unable to watch live you will be able to watch the archived performance afterwards on my YouTube channel. Here is a link for donations through PayPal; in these difficult times, any donation, however big or small, is appreciated.
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: Donations greatly appreciated
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano
July 23rd, Saturday
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Quartet featuring Alvon Johnson: Vocals/Blues guitar + Steve Heckman, reeds; Buca Necak, bass; Ric Lotter, drums. An evening of authentic Blues, Swinging contemporary Bebop/Hard Bop, plus a touch of Balkan/ Middle Eastern World Music/Beautiful Standards – Ballads @ Jazz in Barn – Sonoma Jazz Society
The members of Larry Vuckovich’s All-Star Quartet share a history of performing, touring, recording with great musicians representing Who’s Who in jazz. New York tenor saxophonist/reed master Steve Heckman has been associated with such greats as Slam Stewart, Howard McGhee, Jimmy Cobb – just to name a few. He has a warm individual sound and strong connections with John Coltrane, Lester Young and Sonny Rollins. Belgrade born bassist Buca Necak includes a history of working with Clark Terry, Chet Baker and Freddie Cole. Buca’s trademark is laying down swinging bass lines – creating a strong down-home groove. Drummer Rick Lotter has an impressive history, both as an educator and performer. A most versatile drummer, Rick has performed with Dave Liebman, Joe Gilman and Bobby Shew. Pianist/leader Larry Vuckovich has a history working, touring and recording with such greats as Philly Joe Jones, Dexter Gordon, Jon Hendricks + many more. Before the featured artist Alvon Johnson comes on the stage, the All-Star Quartet will open with swinging selections that’ll also include contemporary jazz feel. Alvon Johnson, a magnificent blues guitarist/vocalist, is known as King of the Blues in Russia, having done numerous tours there, plus other places like Poland and France. Alvon’s versatility shows him off in a totally different side: singing special rare standards made famous by Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman. Don’t miss this exciting jazz concert!
Venue: Jazz in the Barn - Sonoma Valley Jazz Society 707-373-0700
Admission: Price - is $35 for members and $50 for non-members
Time: Doors open at 6 pm and concert at 7 pm. 2 Sets: 7pm & 8:30pm
Tickets: Jazz in Barn tickets — Shop — Sonoma Valley Jazz Society
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Alvon Johnson, vocals /Steve Heckman, tenor sax/soprano / Buca Necak, bass Rick Lotter, drums
July 28th, Thursday
Larry Vuckovich's All-Star Quintet featuring Alvon Johnson: Vocals/Blues guitar + Steve Heckman, reeds; Hector Lugo, Latin percussion, vocals; Buca Necak, bass; Akira Tana, drums. An evening of Hot Afro-Cuban Salsa, Swinging contemporary Bebop/Hard Bop, Great Blues, Romantic Boleros, plus a touch of Balkan/ Middle Eastern World Music @ Yoshi's Jack London Square
Pianist Larry Vuckovich – leader of this ensemble, is recognized as one of the most versatile pianists in all of jazz having performed with so many masters in the numerous, various genres of this art form which include traditional jazz, swinging bebop/contemporary jazz, Latin Afro-Cuban salsa/Brazilian, blues and world music. The list of the masters from these varied genres is quite impressive: Cab Calloway, Red Norvo, Don Byas, Dexter Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Philly Joe Jones, Charles McPherson, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Vince Guaraldi, Jose Mangual (recorded the Charlie Parker), Pete Escovedo, Helcio Milito, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Joe Williams, + more. With all of these exciting experiences, Larry Vuckovich will present a diverse musical evening of hot Afro-Cuban Salsa, swinging contemporary bebop/Hard Bop, great blues, romantic boleros, plus a touch of Balkan/ Middle Eastern world music.…… Featured vocalist Alvon Johnson is known as the King of the Blues in Russia – a soulful guitarist who also possesses a totally different stylistic side: singing beautiful standards and ballads, paying tribute to Johnny Hartman and Billy Eckstine – in the end retaining his own, personal sound.This evening's All-Star Bay Area Quintet is headed by the authentic, creative New York multi-reed saxophonist Steve Heckman. Steve demonstrates in his playing the great East Coast feel of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. The Puerto Rican conguero, bonguero Hector Lugo, is one of the top Latin percussionists on the scene today. Hector is also an accomplished Latin style vocalist, displaying a beautiful sound while singing boleros. Belgrade born bassist Buca Necak, delivers a natural swinging groove, supplying that important bottom, rhythm sound. The rhythm section is rounded out by one of the most versatile drummers, Akira Tana, always supplying great taste, creative fills and inspired rhythmic support.
Venue: Yoshi's Jack London Square 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
Admission: $25 – $49
Time: 8 PM
Featuring: Larry Vuckovich, piano /Alvon Johnson, vocals /Steve Heckman, tenor sax/soprano /Hector Lugo, Latin percussion/Buca Necak, 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 →