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Larry Vuckovich - International Jazz
Larry Vuckovich – International Jazz Piano Legend!
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. They have won praise from top critics:
“He’s a passionate exponent of what most people call straight-ahead jazz … there is a consistently tasteful quality to his music that makes it very appealing to the ear.”Leonard Maltin, Movie Crazy
“… he creates an earthy post-bop style of richly varied improvisational expression.”Jazz Podium (Germany)
“… 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
“… any discussion of the best jazz piano players in the world must now include Larry Vuckovich!”Brad Stone, Music Director, KSJS, San Jose, CA
“A MONSTER of a player who should be much more well known.”Gary Walker, Music Director, WBGO, NJ/NYC