Larry Vuckovich has played a lot of jazz in his lifetime, from swing, bebop and hard bop to the post-bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.
The only piano student of the famed Vince Guaraldi, Vuckovich has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz including Dexter Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Mel Tormé and many others.
His at will “present my history, what I’m about,” says acclaimed pianist, composer and bandleader Vuckovich, whose Latin/Jazz Quintet includes Bay Area Latin percussion master John Santos, tenor saxophonist Rob Roth, bassist Perry Thoorsell and drummer Chuck McPherson.
The program will include “swing, bebop, hard bop and post bop,” Vuckovich said, along with cool jazz from the 1950s and 1960s from composers like Gordon, Sonny Clark and Grant Green.
Vuckovich will also play his original music, including compositions inspired by his Eastern European roots.
“Then we’ve got to have some Latin jazz too,” he said, as well as some film noir soundtrack themes: Vuckovich, a film buff, was the first to record Bronislaw Kaper’s theme for The High Wall.
A few tickets remain for the Silo’s concert, July 15 at 4 p.m., at $40 general admission and $20 for members of the Napa Valley Jazz Society.
Purchase tickets at napavalleyjazzsociety.org
The Napa Valley Jazz Society supports jazz in the Valley through events, education and community outreach, in collaboration with arts organizations throughout the Bay Area.