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Larry Vuckovich….Piano Jazz Master

May 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Larry Vuckovich a Westcoast based Jazz pianist who grew up in Yugoslavia studying classical piano. There he developed an interest in jazz listining to “Armed Forces Radio” and experiencing with it himself. At 14 he moved to  San Francisco during 1951 and the exciting Westcoast jazz scene. He met Vince Guaraldi at the club “The Blackhawk Night Club“who took him in as a student. He met alot of the jazz greats visiting the clubs and the Jazz Workshop, Miles, Dizzy, Milt Jackson, Gil Evans, etc. He started playing professionally and worked with Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross and toured the U.S, Canada, and Europe playing with many greats. In the late 60’s he was leader of the house band at  Germanys leading  jazz club playing with many jazz greats including Philly Jo Jones who he went on to tour Europe with and later in the decade he met again after returning to San Francisco where Larry was leader of the house band at the jazz club The Keystone Korner playing there until it’s close in 1983. Larry moved to New York playing at all the great clubs. 1990 he returned to the Bay area. He has several great albums out including Street Scene and High Wall both dedicated to the Film Noir. He has another notable album City Sounds,Village Voices which is very good. Larry Vuckovich is a more obscure name in the Jazz world but a great artist just waiting for your discovery.

Street Scene

Street Scene

High Wall

High Wall

City Sounds Village Voices

City Sounds Village Voices

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Stan Getz…the 60’s

May 28, 2009 1 comment
Stan Getz’s returned from his European hiatus in the early 60’s and a collaboration with composer / arranger Eddie Sauter was in Stan’s own opinion “the most important recording of my life”. Focus a suite of string compositions including some members of the famous Beaux-Arts Quartet released in 1961. Soon Stan met Charlie Byrd after a Washington D.C. gig and Charlie took him home to listen to some tapes he had collected while touring Latin America, music that was of a jazz/samba mix called Bossa Nova, Charlie Byrd was intrigued with this style of music but couldn’t find anyone who was interested in recording it. Stan contacted Creed Taylor and set up a recording session in the which Charlie Byrd told Stan about “All Souls Unitarian Church” in Washington D.C. and it’s great acoustics.On Feb. 13th 1962 Creed flew down from New York and the album Jazz Samba was put down on tape. In August Stan was surprised at how well “Jazz Samba” was received, out selling his” Focus” album and by September of 62 it made the Pop Charts. Two weeks later Desafinado was recorded and the last weeks of 1962 saw a nation wide “Bossa Nova” Craze with Stan on top in the Downbeat Poll.
Focus

Focus

Jazz Samba

Jazz Samba

March 18th 1963 Getz/Gilberto was recorded and a year later released on the Verve label. June 64 saw it climbing the charts and in July it was #5 on the pop charts. Getz/Gilbertowon Grammys “Album of the year” in 65, with “The Girl From Ipanema” the single of the year.

Getz/Gilberto

Getz/Gilberto

jazz to that different beat…

May 13, 2009 Leave a comment
Don Friedman

Don Friedman

A Day in the City
A Day in the City

Don Friedman a New York based jazz man, a classically trained pianist who was good friends and roommate with bassist Scott LaFaro in the 50’s. You will find him playing Swing Jazz or Free Jazz in which A Day in the City is a great example of his Free style. Born in 1935 he’s still playing in todays jazz scene. Straight Ahead is his 2008 album of trio jazz. A true veteran of classic jazz.

Stan Getz…the 50’s

May 11, 2009 Leave a comment
Stan Getz Birdland billboard 1950

Stan Getz Birdland billboard 1950

By 1950 Stan Getz began to depart from the style of his idol Lester Young. He formed a quartet with Horace Silver playing together for only a few months. 1951 he toured Sweden upon his return forming a quintet with Jimmy Raney developing a smoother style of Bop that would herald in the Cool Jazz style of playing. He played with Charlie Parkers Birdland sextet, and Miles Davis. Stan cut an album with Dizzy Gillespies sextet in 1953, a great example of his music during this transitional time of his life. In the 50’s Stan Getz became one of the most popular on the jazz scene, winning many Jazz Polls, playing with all the “GREATS” . When in 1958 he spent the next 2 years in Europe moving to Denmark.

Diz and Getz

Diz and Getz

Getz and Raney

Getz and Raney