Jazz in the Autumn
“The Art of the Ballad”
By Fred Adler, KTDE, 100.5 FM
“Performing a ballad’s lyrical beauty and the deep meaning of a song’s melody and lyrics is the most expressive way of playing. It is easier to play fast than slow, because when playing slow the musician is exposed.
Expressing the ballad’s deep message is much more difficult than reliance on the technique and mechanics utilized when performing an up-tempo piece.
Ballads are the ultimate test of rapturous musical communication.”
– Larry Vuckovich, on the importance of the ballad
The renowned virtuoso pianist/composer, Yugoslavian-born Larry Vuckovich and I both have an intense love for touching standards by the great composers; ballads in particular.
Ballads are beautiful and romantic, often sentimental songs, usually played in a slow and evocative tempo. But they can also be interpreted in Bossa Nova and Latin rhythms, or as infectious swing, as Vuckovich and Co. will demonstrate.
The “Art of the Ballad” will feature seasonal tunes such as “Autumn in New York,” “Early Autumn,” and “Indian Summer,” plus gems by revered composers such as Cole Porter, Victor Young, and Duke Ellington.
Larry will contribute colorful narrative, in his own unique, humorous and soulful manner. He has performed frequently over the past decades to sell-out crowds throughout California, New York City and also internationally.
This evening provides a rare opportunity to appreciate him in an intimate and artistic setting; the Elaine Jacob Foyer at Gualala Arts Center. Seating is limited.
Australian born Andrew Speight is, quite simply, one of the finest alto sax players on the planet. His artistry is absolutely “the real thing.”
Doug Miller is a superb bassist, enthusiastically chosen by Larry for this special concert.
Once again, I can promise you an evening of truly exceptional music at “Jazz in the Autumn.”
Concert tickets are $25 in advance, $5 more day of the performance.
Tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.