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 as equally at home in world music/classically influenced modal jazz as he is in hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues.
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 recent piano trio/quartet CDs, to Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York on a recent East Coast tour. On the same tour, Marian McPartland invited him to interview and perform with her on her Piano Jazz show, broadcast to national and global NPR affiliates.
Larry was named a “Jazz Legend” at 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.
Larry was the first jazz musician to discover and record Bronislaw Kaper’s obscure, haunting High Wall theme. He performed in New York at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and was Marian McPartland’s guest on her NPR Piano Jazz program. His other performances include tours with Legends of Jazz featuring Hadley Caliman, Curtis Fuller, Julian Priester, John Heard, Jeff Chambers, and Eddie Marshall. Larry, who worked with Dexter Gordon, recently collaborated with the Napa Valley Jazz Society to present a tribute to Dexter Gordon in a two- tenor front line quintet format. He recently reconnected with the legendary percussionist Big Black, with whom he worked in Jon Hendrick’s group in the 60s. He and Big Black recently headlined a sellout performance at the Blue Note club in Napa, California. His teaching and clinical projects include a solo piano format of the History of Jazz Piano, ranging from Jelly Roll Morton, Fatha Hines, Teddy Wilson, and Bud Powell, to Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and various free jazz styles.