Date & Time: Saturday May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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About the Artist
“… a pianist whose evocative touch and poetic (but unsentimental) sensibility convey the wisdom of deep musical life experience” Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times
“A true musician’s musician…originality, elegance, dexterity and most of all great sense of swing, time, space and phrasing. For those who are keen on a superior jazz trio, Street Scene is highly recommended.” Gilbert Mathieu, Jazz Improv
Larry Vuckovich has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire heard at prestigious North American and European jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals. He is equally at home in world music/classically influenced modal jazz as he is with hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues. The New York Times notes that his unique outlook and collection of influences “set him apart from most pianists who are heard regularly in New York”. The Village Voice comments on his “book of piano gems that will keep you guessing.” The Toronto Globe and Mail calls him “a musician who sits apart from the rest by virtue…of his taste for both the exotic and the exquisite.”
Cited by piano legend Barry Harris as “one of the premier West Coast pianists, Mr. Vuckovich brought his Jazz-Latin Trio/Quartet, featured on his two current piano trio/quartet CDs, to Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club in New York on a recent East Coast tour. On the same tour, he performed with Marian McPartland on her Piano Jazz show, broadcast to national and global NPR affiliates. Mr. Vuckovich has appeared as soloist at the Fazioli piano series in San Francisco, New York and Chicago, and also leads an 18-piece band that sold out the 600-seat 2007 Jazz at Filoli show in Woodside, CA.
His two latest recordings, High Wall: Real Life Film Noir and Street Scene, on his Tetrachord Music label, placed in the Top 10 of the JazzWeek national radio reporting charts, and are heard regularly on XM Satellite Radio.
Born in Kotor, a small Montenegrin coastal town in the former Yugoslavia, the pianist was classically trained as a child, but was also drawn to jazz music he heard on Armed Forces Radio and Voice of America during World War II and the Communist regime that followed. After the war, Tito’s communists took his home, including the family piano, and imprisoned his father and brother. Jazz came to symbolize freedom. Finally, in 1951, when he was 14, his family was granted political asylum in the United States, arriving in San Francisco at the height of a flourishing jazz scene. The young pianist began listening to local KJAZ radio, hanging out at record shops and later frequenting legendary clubs to hear visiting jazz giants, such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, and others. He also heard and sat in with locally based masters, such as John Handy and Brew Moore with whom he later began his professional career. Among the famous clubs he visited was the Black Hawk, where he met Cal Tjader pianist, Vince Guaraldi, who agreed to engage him as his only piano student. Mr. Guaraldi later featured Mr. Vuckovich in a two-piano quintet and sent him to substitute as accompanist for vocalists Irene Kral, David Allyn, and Mel Tormé, for whom Mr. Vuckovich became first-call pianist in San Francisco.
Larry was acknowledged as a “Jazz Legend” for the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco. Larry was honored along with Eddy and Vernon Alley, Willie Bobo, Vince Guaraldi, Paul Desmond, Bop City’s Jimbo Edwards, John Handy, Noel Jewkes, Frank Jackson, Jon Hendricks, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat Nacey, Cal Tjader, Allen Smith, and others who contributed to the greatness of the San Francisco jazz scene. Larry Vuckovich Day, December 8th was proclaimed in San Francisco on his birthday.
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