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Larry Vuckovich

Yugoslavian-born, West Coast based jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich has recorded two highly successful CDs celebrating the film noir genre. His current CD, High Wall: Real Life Film Noir (2008), and Street Scene (2006), both recorded on his Tetrachord Music label, have placed in the Top 10 of the national JazzWeek charts. Street Scene hit #1 on XM Satellite Radio for six weeks. His interview with Marian McPartland on her Piano Jazz show was heard in May 2008 on NPR affiliated stations. The show was recorded during his successful 2007 East Coast tour that included a concert at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and marked his first return there since her lived and performed there from 1985 to 1990.

A highly versatile jazz pianist, Larry has performed with top musicians from various jazz influences, including Anita O'Day, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Cab Calloway, Red Norvo, Don Byas, Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Grenadier, Tom Harrell, and Charles McPherson. Accompanist for vocalist/ lyricist Jon Hendricks for many years, Larry has appeared at major festivals and clubs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

While in Europe, Larry met and toured with Dexter Gordon and Philly Joe Jones. In the late '60s, he led the house trio for one of Germany's top jazz clubs, The Domicile, in Munich, where he backed such greats as Slide Hampton, Lucky Thompson, Pony Poindexter and Clifford Jordan. He returned to San Francisco and became house pianist at the famous Keystone Korner from 1978 until its closing in 1983, working with Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, Charles McPherson, Leon Thomas, and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson.

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HIGH WALL: REAL LIFE FILM NOIR (Tetrachord Music, 2008)

“ A MONSTER of a player who should be much more well known. (High Wall: Real Life Film Noir) is one of his best recordings to date” Gary Walker-Music Director and Morning Host of WBGO NJ/NY

“ ... any discussion of the best jazz piano players in the world must now include Larry Vuckovich!” Brad Stone-Music Director and on air host KSJS-San Jose, CA

“ ... soars to new heights” -Reese Erlich,Public Radio

“High Wall is of strong interest from start to finish. Highly recommended.” 4 1/2 Stars -Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

“...a classy jazz piano date...elegant and earthy with a surprising amount of funk...a real winning date.” -Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“A gorgeous follow-up to Vuckovich's critically acclaimed 2006 CD, Street Scene..there is no holding back on this disc..” -Tom Henry, The Toledo Blade

:”The musical cohesion is truly something special...Vuckovich also works through Coltrane's blazing hot Locomotion” -Jordan Richardson, BC Music

STREET SCENE (Tetrachord Music, 2006)

“...a pianist whose evocative touch and poetic (but unsentimental) sensibility convey the wisdom of deep musical life experience” -Thomas Conrad,

“… he creates an earthy post-bop style of richly varied improvisational expression.” - Jazz Podium (Germany)

“A true musician's musician...originality, elegance, dexterity and most of all...great sense of swing, time, space and phrasing

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Santa Rosa

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

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Clinic at IAJE Conference Discussing Styles of Various Bebop Pianists



Somethin' Special

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High Wall: A Real...

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Street Scene

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Street Scene

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