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Jackie Ryan & Larry Vuckovich Duo

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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.” (

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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