Jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich is scheduled to perform the concert “International Jazz Trio/International Art of Jazz” with bassist Noriyuki Ken Okada and drummer Akira Tana 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View.
Okada and Tana, who frequently play together, have Japanese roots, but their influences are from around the world. Although both were born in the United States, Okada and Tana have extensive international touring experience. Okada has lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as Japan. Tana, who has played with saxophonist Sonny Rollins and singer Lena Horne, has appeared on more than 150 recordings.
Vuckovich, a native of the former Yugoslavia, is considered a pioneer in melding Balkan musical influences in American jazz. Sunday’s concert is Vuckovich’s latest in a string of appearances at the Wunderman House, established in the 1930s as a speakeasy.
Vuckovich noted Sunday’s concert will be the first time a drummer will be featured in the Wunderman concert room. Both Vuckovich and Tana have decades of experience in the world of jazz.
“I think the theme of the ‘International Jazz Trio/International Art of Jazz’ is something important for the audience to know,” Vuckovich said. “Musicians from different parts of the world can speak the same language of jazz: authentic swinging, plus the ability to play the blues, Latin/Brazilian, funky boogaloo selections, etc.”
Tickets are $25. Wine and cheese will be served.