Two underappreciated pianists get their due this week as Larry Vukovich performs a tribute to Vince Guaraldi. Vukovich is a player of tremendous range and power, who can nurse a groove in anything from hard bop to the Balkan-Latin hybrids he likes to create.
Guaraldi, of course, was the creator of the music for the first "Charlie Brown" specials on TV. Beyond that, however, he was a grand stylist with a fertile improvisational imagination who excelled at translating Latin motifs into a breezy meld with cool jazz. Vukovich worked with Guaraldi for years and knows the music better than anyone. Hear for yourself when he convenes a razor-sharp quintet for the event, 8 p.m. Monday at Yoshi's Oakland. Tickets are $18
Also worth noting on the Bay Area jazz scene this week:
- Vocal-guitar duo and Bay Area treasure Tuck & Patti make their unique kind of magic, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Yoshi's San Francisco. $22-$23
- Oakland homeboy Robert Stewart, a saxophonist with a big, bluesy tone and a fine feel for funk, teams up with organist Chester Thompson to re-imagine Jimmy Smith's classic funky jazz throwdown "Back at the Chicken Shack," 8 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday at SFJAZZ Center. $15-$20
- Pianist, composer and all-around genius (Guggenheim Fellowship-endorsed, even) Myra Melford performs a solo concert, 8 p.m. Friday at Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. $25
- Fusion stalwarts Lee Ritenour (guitar) and Dave Grusin (keyboard) team up for performances 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Yoshi's Oakland. $28-$34
- Pianist and Fillmore District jazz legend Frank Jackson celebrates his 88th birthday with a trio performance, 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sound Room in Oakland. $20
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