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Scott Hamilton: Half Moon Bay, CA, September 4, 2011

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Scott Hamilton and the Larry Vuckovich QuintetDouglas Beach House aka Bach Dancing & Dynamite SocietyHalf Moon Bay, CaliforniaSeptember 4, 2011 The Douglas Beach House was honored with the appearance of tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton and pianist Larry Vuckovich's quintet-- a stellar band comprised of some of the best in jazz, including the great Paul Keller (bass), impeccably precise Chuck McPherson (drums) and Noel Jewkes (saxophones) tenor saxophone, and the Jackie Ryan vocals). Guest artist Hamilton traveled from Italy especially to perform at Vuckovich's release concerts for his latest CD, Somethin' Special (Tetrachord, 2011). Hamilton ...

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Larry Vuckovich: Somethin' Special

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Pianist Larry Vuckovich made his recording debut as a leader with Blue Balkan (Inner City Records, 1980), although his playing career began in the '50s, after he arrived in the United States from his native Yugoslavia as a teenager. His recorded output as a leader has been relatively sparse--around a dozen albums--but he's carved out a successful career as a sideman, most notably in a 25-year relationship with singer Jon Hendricks. On Somethin' Special, Vuckovich and his regular East Coast rhythm section of bassist Paul Keller and drummer Chuck McPherson are joined by saxophonists Scott Hamilton and ...

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Larry Vuckovich and the Euro Trash Band at the Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay, CA

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Larry Vuckovich's Euro Trash BandDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CASept. 6, 2009 World renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich (of Montenegro), bassist Buca Necak (Serbia), drummer Paul Van Wageningen (Holland), Latin percussionist Hector Lugo (Puerto Rico), and featured vocalist Valeriana Quevedo (USA) gathered at the Douglas Beach House on a Sunday afternoon as Vuckovich's Euro Trash Band. Trash they were not but they did bring to the Beach House variations on an international theme. Before his opening tune, Vuckovich said, “After traveling the world from venue after venue, this is the finest ...

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Larry Vuckovich: High Wall: A Real Life Film Noir

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Sequels are all too common in movies--so much so that rather than have distinctive titles, many simply add a sequential number to the original name. In music, however, a thematic sequel is rare. But the Larry Vuckovich Trio attempts to capitalize on the acclaimed Street Scene (Tetrachord, 2006) with High Wall: Real Life Film Noir. Vuckovich is a native of Kotor, Yugoslavia, who came to the United States at a time when jazz was one of the most popular forms of music. Classically trained, Vuckovich has associated with such notable artists as Lester Young, Slide Hampton, and Dexter ...

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Larry Vuckovich: Street Scene

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Larry Vuckovich hasn't been recorded nearly often enough as a leader since his 1980 Inner City debut Blue Balkan, though the Balkan native's Street Scene is clearly one of his finest efforts. Although he had been using horns on recent projects, Vuckovich decided to put more focus on the piano, opting for what is primarily a trio date with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Akira Tana. Vuckovich takes a fresh look at several overlooked gems. His approach to the late pianist Sonny Clark's blues, “News For Lulu, adds an infectious Latin introduction to the swaggering hard bop ...

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Larry Vuckovich: Street Scene

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From the vibrant history of New York's 52nd Street to the spirited boulevard performance of a New Orleans marching band, the street sounds of jazz have been a celebration of life. This heartfelt exuberance can also be heard on this release by West Coast pianist Larry Vuckovich. With an impressive musical career that has flourished since coming to San Francisco in 1951, Vuckovich has performed with countless artists and has produced a number of noteworthy releases, including Reunion (Tetrachord Music, 2004), with jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks. Street Scenes finds the veteran leader of large and small ensembles ...

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Larry Vuckovich/Jon Hendricks: Reunion

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Two venerable kings of swing, pianist Larry Vuckovich and vocalist Jon Hendricks, reunite on Vuckovich’s latest recording, Reunion. Vuckovich’s career began in 1959 with a Lester Young influenced tenor player Brew Moore, who was a notable saxophonist and friend of Charlie Parker. Vuckovich’s recent recordings Young at Heart and Blue Balkan: Then and Now prove his musical longevity. Jon Hendricks has been called the “Father of Vocalese” and a jazz vocal innovator who has performed with jazz greats Art Blakey, Count Basie, and Dave Brubeck. He has also recorded with and influenced younger jazz singers such as Bobby McFerrin, Al ...



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