Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky, piano
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Jazz up your June with “Sly Man” as he treats us to an exceptional hour of classic solo jazz piano. “Sly Man” is no other than piano maestro Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky, who has come to the ASA in past years together with singer Sheryl Ann McKinley and bassist Jack Wood to perform as a trio, as well as with violinist Michael Fan to perform “What if Louie Played the Fiddle?” This time, we get to hear Sly all on his own.
The piano has been an important tool of jazz musicians and composers since jazz began, and it is considered to be integral to the genre. In a jazz combo, the piano can play both single notes and chords, while the wind instruments are limited to melodic elements. Solo jazz piano emerged at the turn of the 19th-20th century, when Ragtime reached the height of its popularity. By the 1940s and 1950s, great jazz pianists such as Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Thelonius Monk, had established themselves as unparalleled role models for all who followed in their footsteps.
Slipetsky is a freelance jazz pianist/tuba player who began studying piano at age 8 and picked up the tuba at 14. During high school summer music camps, he received his first taste of jazz and improvisation. He further honed his jazz skills at universities in Delaware and Arizona. Active in the Tucson music scene, he has performed as soloist at McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse, and at Elliott’s and Unplugged with Tony Frank on trumpet and vocals.
Sly continues to perform regularly here in Tucson in a variety of jazz settings. His pianistic influences are, among others, Erroll Garner, George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal, Gene Harris, Fats Waller, and Dave Brubeck.
Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village Volunteer