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