Larry Vuckovich Trio: Street Scene

Pianist Larry Vuckovich began his professional career in 1959 with Brew Moore. By the early 60's he was accompanying singers David Allyn, Irene Kral, Mel Torme, and Jon Hendricks and performing with John Handy and Monk Montgomery.

In the late '60s Larry was in Europe, where he worked with Lucky Thompson, Slide Hampton, Pony Poindexter, Clifford Jordan, Philly Joe Jones, and Dexter Gordon. In the '70s he performed with Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, Charles McPherson, Leon Thomas, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Scott Hamilton at the Keystone Korner. In New York in the 80's, he worked with Billy Higgins, Cecil Payne, Al Cohn, Curtis Fuller, Milt Hinton and Mel Lewis.

In 1990, Larry returned to San Francisco where he is one of the mainstays of the jazz scene.

His latest recording, "Street Scene", featuring Akira Tana and Larry Grenadier, is doing very well on jazz radio and received glowing reviews such as these:

"For lovers of piano trios, this album is a must...all tracks on this impeccable recording are highly recommended" -Ed Trefzger, Jazzweek

"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

Larry appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Noel Jewkes.

Drummer Akira Tana was born in San Jose, California. He received degrees in East Asian Studies from Harvard University in 1974 and percussion from the New England Conservatory in 1979. Since moving to New York, he has established himself as one of today's most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene.

Tana co-led a quintet for approximately 10 years with bassist Rufus Reid, called TanaReid, which released six CDs. His concert, club and recording credits include jazz greats such as Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, The Paul Winter Consort, Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, the Heath Brothers and The Manhattan Transfer, just to name a few. His work has not solely been limited to the jazz field; he has performed at the Tanglewood Festival under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Gunther Schuller and has accompanied diverse artists such as Charles Aznavour, Maurice Hines and Van Dyke Parks with performances on over 100 recordings.

Recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area after 20 years in New York City, Tana continues to be active on the international jazz scene touring extensively as well as performing locally in and around San Francisco.

Bassist Buca "Bootza" Necak was born in Belgrade and came to the U.S. in the 70's, where he finished his degree in bass studies at Sacramento State. He became Jessica Williams regular bassist and also worked with Joe Gilman. Soon after he started working with other greats including Chet Baker, Anita O'Day, Grady Tate, Clark Terry, Freddy Cole, Freddie Hubbard, and Don Abney, both in the US and Japan.