For both musicians and fans, renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich offers a unique workshop highlighting the history of jazz piano. Larry will feature recordings of the masters and also demonstrate on piano their signature styles. Starting with the New Orleans sounds of Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Larry moves through swing era piano of Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum, and on to bebop era innovations of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Barry Harris. Vuckovich proceeds to the original jazz expressions of Erroll Garner, followed by the hard bop inflections of Red Garland and Sonny Clark, the post bop changes of Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, and the further post bop extensions of Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea. He concludes with the free jazz and atonal piano improvisation of Cecil Taylor. This exciting overview captures the characteristic harmonic, melodic and rhythmic expressions of a wide spectrum of jazz piano giants.
As a special feature Larry will discuss the importance of women in jazz, highlighting perhaps the most swinging female bebop pianist, Terry Pollard (He will also have a CD sample of her playing). A great Detroit scene pianist, Terry Pollard was also an excellent vibraphonist. When Larry recently mentioned her to Barry Harris, another Detroit great, Barry’s comment was ” She was the one! “
Larry Vuckovich gained first-hand knowledge from performances or recordings with many of the jazz greats including Dexter Gordon, Charles McPherson, Charlie Haden, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. Larry has been associated with several piano icons, such as Bud Powell, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and as the only student of Vince Guaraldi.