Where do you draw the line? That question is sort of beside the point of “Violin and Piano: Jazz and Classical,” the 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (April 4) ASA concert by violinist Michael Fan and pianist/tuba player Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky.
Says Fan, who plays first violin in the Tucson Symphony and is Concertmaster of the Tucson Pops Orchestra: “This classical/jazz crossover concert will feature jazz standards that make use of the classics, some jazz tunes that have been recast in classic forms and some weird mashups that are difficult to classify, as well as some surprises!”
He’s willing to reveal the titles of the pieces on the bill, though, a teasing taste of what’s on hand: “Capricious (AKA Caprice No. 24)”—Paganini; “Fugue on “All the Things You Are;” “Blue Rondo a la Turk”—Brubeck; “Prelude in E Minor + Insensatez”—Chopin/Jobim; “Blues for Bach;” and “Spain”—Rodrigo/Corea.
Fan, a composer as well as a violinist (and also brother to well-known pianist Paula Fan), has delighted ASA concert patrons before with both his playing and his witty classical compositions. He’s also appeared here with Slipetsky as his concert partner.
Slipetsky has made Arizona his home since 1997; since his move to the Grand Canyon State, he has been fortunate to earn his living strictly as a musician in various settings and venues. He is currently playing with vocalist Sheryl Ann Mckinley as “Sly Man and Sheryl Ann” at the Viscount Suite Hotel.
Today, though, it’s Sly Man and Michael Fan, cool jazz and hot classics. And everything in between.
Written by Susan Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer