Local jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich will perform with renown vocalist Kim Nalley, Barry Finnerty, Jeff Chambers, and Kent Bryson at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at the historic Tucker Farm Center in Calistoga. Tickets are $25, doors open at 2 p.m.
Get tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3587421 or call (707) 774-1672.
Kim Nalley was awarded Most Influential African American in the Bay Area in 2005 and Best Jazz Group 2013, vocalist. She has performed jazz and blues vocals from Moscow to the Lincoln Center, packing a 3-1/2 octave range from operatic to blues.
Nalley said of Vuckovich: “Larry is one of the old legends who has played everywhere with everyone. He has so much soul, sense of history and has been very supportive of me over the years.”
She added, “I love Napa Valley. I sold out the Copia twice, and Calistoga is my number one vacation destination. I love the hot springs, the mudbaths, the wine, the food, and the slower pace. I come up often to relax especially during the winter season. I love seeing the steam rise from the hot pools like spirits at night under a starry sky.”
Also performing at the concert will be Barry Finnerty, San Francisco jazz guitarist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and arranger. He is known for his work as a touring and session musician for Miles Davis, The Crusaders, the Brecker Brothers, Hubert Laws, and Ray Barretto.
Jeff Chambers is a talented and versatile bassist, known for his timing, rhythms and improvisational dexterity. He began his career in Milwaukee with the renowned pianist and vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery. In 1978, he left the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and toured extensively with Buddy Montgomery. Since then, Chambers has performed with many of the world’s most prominent jazz musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Benny Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Henderson, Dakota Staton, McCoy Tyner and Joe Williams.
Drummer Kent Bryson is a Bay Area native, and has performed at numerous jazz and blues festivals throughout the world. He works frequently with jazz, blues, R & B, and artists including Houston Person, David “Fathead” Newman, Ernestine Anderson, and Plas Johnson.
Vuckovich has played and recorded with jazz greats Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Irene Kral, Joe Williams, and Bobby McFerrin among others. He has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire heard at prestigious jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals the world over.