When: Tue., Aug. 5, 8 & 10 p.m. 2008
Jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich is the type of artist who plots everything out carefully, so that his work always has a sense of thematic cohesion that ties back to his autobiography. His sophomore album High Wall: Real Life Film Noir is an homage to American noir films of the '40s and '50s, a genre Vuckovich gravitated toward after immigrating to the US as a teenager to escape Tito's regime in Yugoslavia. A leisurely paced, melancholy ballad with a bossa nova rhythm, "High Wall" has the sense of character drama, stylishness, and hard-boiled atmosphere that Vuckovich loved about film noir, and that he could always relate to as a musician and political refugee. Other tracks, including the San Francisco-themed "View from Telegraph Hill," and Russian Gypsy mambo "Dark Eyes," reveal Vucovich's internationalist sense of the jazz tradition. He performs Tuesday, Aug. 5 at San FranciscoYoshi's (1330 Filmore St.) with bassist Michael Zisman, drummer Eddie Marshall, and percussionist Hector Lugo. 8 p.m. ($16) & 10 p.m. ($10).