Jackie Ryan & Larry Vuckovich Duo

One of my favorite vocalist that few have heard of, Jackie Ryan returns to the piano store. Jackie, who sings in five languages, will present an evening of music from the American Songbook, as well as jazz and world music classics. 

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188. 

Jackie Ryan, one of the most versatile vocalists in jazz, possesses a beautiful contralto voice that reaches three-and-a-half octaves and has a wide-ranging repertoire of rarely-heard standards, jazz-bebop classics/vocalese, Latin American boleros, Brazilian bossas, soulful blues and gospel, also jazz interpretations of French and Italian standards. She has sung all over the world from the famous Ronnie Scott's Club in London (where she was asked to record for their label) to Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York to Oakland's Yoshi's, as well as many of the major jazz festivals. NPR reviewed of one of her recordings, You and the Night and the Music: NPR Review. Jazz Times, calls her: “One of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time ... rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae ...” The London Guardian cites her “sweeping vocal powers ... Jackie Ryan’s chemistry of passion is truly sensational.” jackieryanmusic.com

Her piano partner for the evening is the dynamic, multi-faceted Larry Vuckovich, who is equally at home in world music/classically influenced modal jazz as he is with hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues. Larry and Jackie have a 20-year performance history together. They recorded Jackie’s beautiful Passion Flower CD in 2002, that includes a tribute to Billy Strayhorn and have appeared on many concert stages together in the U.S. and in Europe. Jazz Times calls Larry "...a pianist whose evocative touch and poetic (but unsentimental) sensibility convey the wisdom of deep musical life experience.” [Edited from press release] 

I will be hosting a pre-concert dinner at 6p for members a few blocks from the venue. For a large group we can have two tables reserved. It is our time to socialize and have a nice meal. If you can't make it for dinner then stop by around 7p for a drink or appetizer and chat for a bit. Meetup is essentially a social group and those who don't intend to socialize will receive a "no show" on their record. A total of 2 "no show" will cost you your membership in the group. 


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  • Yehudit

    Great music, good restaurant, good people.

    May 18, 2014

  • Deirdre

    Incredible! They are extremely talented, a very moving performance.

    May 18, 2014

  • Deirdre

    Oops typo, INCREDIBLE! Beyond FANTASTIC ! I look forward to the next concert.

    May 18, 2014

  • Deirdre

    Absolutely INCREDBLE! Thank you for the wonderful Experience!

    May 18, 2014

  • Robin S

    Fantastic!

    May 18, 2014

  • Digne

    Jackie and Larry's music was muy romantico. Many fine ballads and some historical tidbits. Can't wait to see Jackie sing again.

    1 · May 17, 2014

    • Andrea A.

      What an incredible, well-trained voice!

      May 18, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    I really enjoyed the music. She has a magnificent voice.

    May 18, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    Im hurrying with buses. See you all soon.

    May 17, 2014

  • Lee

    Sorry to do this at the last minute, but I have to drop out.

    May 17, 2014

  • Digne

    I'll be sending details of the restaurant, our place to socialize on Wednesday. If you don't have time for dinner you can just come by and meet everyone.

    May 12, 2014

    • Digne

      Yes, you're correct. I meant I'll be sending the restaurant details on Wed.

      May 12, 2014

    • Ching C.

      Where is the dinner place? I would like to join

      May 17, 2014

  • Robin S

    Can't make dinner, but will be there by 7 to meet everyone before the show. Looking forward to it!!

    May 17, 2014

  • Scott F.

    Sorry Digne, need to cancel. Next time!

    May 16, 2014

    • Digne

      Come and samba next week!

      May 16, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    Uh oh, i realize now i have to go to San Leandro for the afternoon. It is like90% chance i will not get back in good timing for dinner so i will say no, but if i get a ride earlier i will text at 5 to 530 and ask if there's a space. I have no car.

    May 15, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    I would like to go to dinner if theres room. Let me know.

    May 15, 2014

    • Digne

      There's plenty of room.

      May 15, 2014

  • Deirdre

    I will not be attending the dinner, just the concert, where are we meeting?

    May 15, 2014

  • Deirdre

    I just purchased my tickets, how am I to know specifically where our meet up group is located.

    May 15, 2014

  • Deb M.

    Please remove me from the dinner list, but I will be joining you at the concert.

    May 13, 2014

  • Yehudit

    I bought my ticket a few days ago, so I am set to go.

    May 12, 2014

  • Digne

    I just bought my ticket today. Seats are still available. Hopefully, you don't wait until the last day and find it's been sold-out.

    May 5, 2014

  • Robin S

    Would love to meet you for dinner!

    May 1, 2014

  • Yehudit

    Would like to be included in dinner group.

    March 31, 2014

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