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Gualala Arts Jazz Series,
in association with Fred Adler KTDE (100.5 FM),

The History of Jazz Piano

Solo performance / seminar by
Larry Vuckovich

Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
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Larry Vuckovich The stellar favorite jazz pianist, Larry Vuckovich, returns to Gualala Arts Center Coleman Auditorium on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. presenting "The History of Jazz Piano" in a unique solo performance / seminar. Vuckovich will be joined by Fred Adler (KTDE, 100.5 FM) acting as discussion interviewer and conversation moderator.

Piano stylists ranging from the early twentieth century and spanning the decades will be discussed, with Vuckvovich enthusiastically emulating their personal styles. Yugoslavian born Larry Vuckovich, who has personally known many of the past piano legends, is an entertaining and colorful jazz historian and storyteller, with a unique old world charm and sense of humor. His wife Sanna will sing two songs that are associated with the famous vocalist Billie Holiday, as a special treat. Audience questions and feedback will be encouraged.

Larry Vuckovich A partial list of pianists covered in this historic overview will include Jelly Roll Morton, Art Tatum, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Nat King Cole, Fats Waller, Erroll Garner, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner. An unusual highlight will feature Larry's particular love for comic / pianist Chico Marx!

Piano styles will include ragtime, boogie-woogie, stride, swing, bebop and post-bop. Recordings and DVDs will be presented to complement the live demonstrations, anecdotes and commentary.

Born in 1936, Larry Vuckovich left Yugoslavia with his family for San Francisco in 1951 at age fourteen. He later studied with the renowned pianist / composer Vince Guaraldi of "Peanuts" fame and became frequent accompanist for famous vocalists Jon Hendricks and Mel Tormé. Vuckovich has performed internationally with many of the greats of jazz throughout the decades, including the historic tenor-man Dexter Gordon. For more information, see

This special performance / seminar has been prepared exclusively for the Gualala Arts Center by Vuckovich and Adler.

For advance purchase, go to Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 800-838-3006. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center, Dolphin Gallery, Violet's Boutique or Four-Eyed Frog Books. There is limited cabaret seating. Tickets are $25 advance, $5 more the day of the performance, if available. Youth 7 to 17 free. Doors open at 7:00, Performance at 7:30 p.m. No-host Bar.

Sponsored by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Larry Vuckovich: The History of Jazz Piano - poster

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
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