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The Larry Vuckovich East European Quintet
October 08, 2012
Hard-Bop/Post-Bop 75th birthday celebration
Monday, October 8
The Larry Vuckovich East European Hard-Bop/Post-Bop Quintet features the front line of Ilya Lushtak, Russian-born, New York-based hard-bop/post-bop guitarist and Rob Roth, Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist of Russian descent, who lived for many years in St. Petersburg. They bring an Eastern European sensibility to the music of hard-bop/post-bop giants: John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Wes Montgomery, Horace Silver, Sonny Clark, and Grant Green. They will also play originals from the Yugoslavian-born leader, jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich. Adding to the authenticity will be special guest Eric Golub, globe-trotting original violinist on Larry’s pioneering world music/jazz LP, Blue Balkan (1980). Its reissue with new material, Blue Balkan: Then & Now, was named one of the top CDs of 2002 by Village Voice music critic Gary Giddins. The hot rhythm team features virtuoso bassist Jeff Chambers, and drummer Clarence Becton, now based in the Netherlands, who along with Larry, worked with vocalese master Jon Hendricks in the Bay Area, and was part of Jon’s long-running Evolution of the Blues show. The Yoshi’s concert continues Larry’s 75th birthday celebration series.
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.”