Larry Vuckovich

Crosswinds: Global Jazz Journey

(formerly Blue Balkan)

Friday, September 8, 2017

7:00pm - 8:30pm



Photo: Chadd Cline Photography



Larry Vuckovich, piano • Eric Golub, violin/viola • Charlie McCarthy, multi-/reeds • Rami Ziadeh, dumbek, bongos • Jeff Chambers, bass • Jimmy Gallagher, drums






Larry Vuckovich is regarded as a pioneer, being the first in the US to fuse the Balkan Ethnic elements with American Jazz. His LP recording from 1980, Blue Balkan featuring Bobby Hutcherson, has received high critical acclaim. This album was released in a CD format in 2002 with added material, and it also received enthusiastic press. "...ahead of its time...intriguing, fresh-sounding jazz...." (Cadence Magazine 2002); "Prefiguring the much-lauded work of Dave Douglas and even John Zorn ... modern context ... angular, cubist, post-bop compositions ... the gypsy-style melodies, authentically believeable on their own work effortlessly" Matt Collar, 2002 (Read Full Review)


"Hailed for its diverse talent and global influences ... re-released with new music ... global jam session ... Vuckovich can swing hard ... killer blues" Mark F. Turner, 2002 (Read Full Review)


Formerly The Blue Balkan Ensemble, newly renamed Crosswinds: Global Jazz Journey, has expanded its repertoire beyond the Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds. It now includes swinging jazz/bebop, Afro-Cuban salsa, tango jazz, bluesy/funky boogaloo material & more. The Presidio Sessions audience will be taken on a musical journey.



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