Larry Vuckovich International Quintet
Larry Vuckovich International Trio
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Larry Vuckovich International Trio

OCT 27-30 | PIANO WEEK

Oct 30, 2022
Joe Henderson Lab
SunOct 30
6:00 PM

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SunOct 30
7:30 PM

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A vital link to a golden era of jazz in San Francisco, pianist Larry Vuckovich has been tending the bebop torch since the mid-1950s. He performs an evening of Great American Songbook standards, delivered with a twist by his excellent International Trio including bassist Ken Okada and drum maestro Akira Tana.

As the only protégé of North Beach piano legend Vince Guaraldi, the Yugoslav-born Vuckovich has cultivated an encompassing and supremely cosmopolitan sensibility. He’s a scintillating stylist who is fluent in a multitude of modern jazz dialects, each with its own particular rhythmic and harmonic inflections. For many years he was known as a stimulating accompanist for some of the music’s greatest singers (Jon Hendricks, Mel Tormé, and Bobby McFerrin), but beginning with his seminal 1980 release Blue Balkan (featuring the late vibraphone legend Bobby Hutcherson), he became known as a a pioneer of Balkan jazz who paved the way for the contemporary scene’s fascination with the intricate meters and raucous energy of Eastern European folk forms. With this adventurous sprirt, it's no wonder Vuckovich was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from his former home at the Nišville Jazz Festival in Serbia.
A supple purveyor of Latin jazz, Vuckovich can dig into buoyant Afro-Cuban grooves, or wax moody and melancholic with noir-tinged ballads. His International Trio covers a lot of this ground, while adding Japanese modes into the Middle Eastern and Balkan mix.

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As the only protégé of North Beach piano legend Vince Guaraldi, the Yugoslav-born Vuckovich has cultivated an encompassing and supremely cosmopolitan sensibility.

A musician who sits apart from the rest by virtue of his taste for both the exotic and the exquisite

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A musician who sits apart from the rest by virtue of his taste for both the exotic and the exquisite

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