daniel_sly_slipetsky_cropJazz, swing, big bands were the mental soul food of my generation. The music infiltrated your nervous system, and the lyrics stayed in your right brain.

Technical advancements in the form of better records meant you could “swing and sway” night and day. Of course, personal appearances are always better than recordings, and next Tuesday (Sept. 10) at 11:30 a.m., jazz pianist Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky will perform at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Slipetsky started playing piano when he was 8 years old and began learning to play the tuba in high school. While in high school, he attended a music camp and fell in love with jazz and improvisation. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University Of Delaware and a Master of Music Education degree with a concentration in Jazz Study from Arizona State University. He’s been earning his living as a musician ever since.

Though he specializes in jazz and salsa, he was classically trained, and is also proficient in gospel, blues, Dixieland, reggae and funk.

“Music is what I love to do best,” Slipetsky says. “As in anything, it is a lifelong learning process. Nothing thrills me more than being on stage in front of lots of people and performing. The greatest thing a musician can do is to share what he or she does with the world. If we can make the world a better place and move people, that’s the ultimate goal.”

His ASA concert will include solo jazz piano numbers ranging from Dave Brubeck to Duke Ellington to Erroll Garner to Latin jazz to the American Songbook.  Slipetsky said the artists he mention “are among my most significant influences. I don’t write my own material; I would rather stick to the classics and the standards.”

His longest running gig is at the upscale McMahon’s, where he plays solo piano on Friday and Saturday nights.  During the week, he plays with jazz trios and quartets with trumpeter/vocalist Tony Frank as the leader – Monday nights at Elliott’s on Congress, Wednesday nights at Fini’s Landing on Swan, and Thursday nights at Dante’s Fire on Grant.

Submitted by Rita Miller, Academy Village Volunteer

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