An increasingly popular fine art show has found a fitting home in one of Tucson's most elegant and timeless places.
Twice a year, when the weather is close to perfect, Arts in the Plaza showcases fine art from the region's most exquisite artists and noteworthy jazz performers throughout the charismatic setting of St. Philip's Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue. This spring, the festival will take place Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"The show has become very popular among both artists and attendees," said SAACA Executive Director Kate Marquez. "We have met capacity this year, which reflects the high quality of the fine art to be exhibited through the talented artists who are eager to participate."
Attendees can find fine art in all forms - metalwork, jewelry, photography, ceramics, glass, mixed media, acrylic, digital art, leather, sculpture and custom wood designs.
St. Philip's Plaza merchants will also offer discounts, including: Limited Additions featuring artist Pam Evans with a trunk show of her jewelry on Saturday; Union Public House presenting their Social Hour Specials from 4 to 7 p.m. all weekend ($3, $4, $5 and $6 dollars off eats and libations); and Danser Studio providing a variety of demo classes for children Saturday and Sunday.
Fine art will reach the eyes and the ears of attendees, as the weekend will also bring local jazz greats to stage, like Homero Cerón, Nick Stanley and Tony Frank.
Jazz Performances: Saturday, April 13
10 a.m. - Homero Cerón & Amilcar Guevarra
Homero Cerón, principal percussionist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, is a multi-talented musician who has been involved with music since age 6. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, he has played professionally since age 12. Educated at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and receiving his master degree at the University of Arizona, he had been a performing artist with Young Audiences of Southern Arizona and the Wolf Trap Institute's Early Childhood Education Program. He is a percussion instructor at Pima Community College and has been guest lecturer at the University Of Arizona School Of Music and has done extensive work with teachers and students. In 1996, Cerón was the recipient of the You are my Sunshine Award and was given the Arizona Arts Award in 1999. He is also the leader of Cool Breeze, a local group active in the genres of popular and jazz music specializing in Latin American material. He has his own percussion studio and has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Arizona Opera, Arizona Dance Theater, Ballet Arizona, Tucson Pops Orchestra and Arizona Symphonic Winds.
11:15 a.m. - Collin Shook Trio
Collin Shook is an alchemist of vibrations, trying to assemble them into the best possible arrangement in the present moment. He enjoys playing music that can communicate with people the most. For Shook, that means jazz. It is the most open forum for sounds, ideas and raw emotions. He also enjoys playing more accessible music, including funk, R&B, folk and indie rock.
12:30 p.m. - Rob Resetar Trio
Resetar's extensive piano performances include Motown group, the Marvelettes, Belmonts, Diamonds, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and many more. Most recently, he has played with Capital recording artists, the Dusty Chaps.
1:45 p.m. - Real Tears
Real Tears is a recently formed Tucson band emerging on the local jazz scene. The band is comprised of artist in residence and longtime Tucson based musicians, Jose-Luiz Sandoval on sax, John Monfore on keyboards, Tom Galarneau on bass, Ed Durazo on drums and Kelly Bryan on vocals. Over the past two decades, they have all performed together as band members in various ensembles as well as leaders of their own bands on the club and concert circuit throughout greater Tucson, Phoenix and Chicago.
3 p.m. - Quantum Nites
Quantum Nites is comprised of musicians with a history associated with jazz and experience playing with different bands and in different musical situations in and around Tucson. The band consists of Kevin Golden on trumpet and flugelhorn and Dave Wing on guitar. The two met a few years back playing in the Pima College jazz combos. Pat Flynn is the bassist, who has varied experience playing with numerous local bands, and the young energetic drummer, Dave Tellechea, is currently playing in the Pima College big band and whose Latin and rock influences adds to the overall group sound. They play a variety of the classic and standard jazz repertoire by artists such as Miles Davis, Wayne Shoter, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, George Gershwin, Benny Golson and more.
Sunday, April 14
11 a.m. - Tony Frank & Dan "Sly" Slipetsky
Tony Frank, on trumpet and vocals, has played, directed, produced and performed in countless concerts, clubs, resorts, weddings, parties and theatres. For him, jazz is priority number one and being true to the spirit of what jazz truly is - our American heritage and the only art form we can claim as our own. He performs and creates venues for jazz in the quest for maintaining the music as a viable way of life for those who dedicate themselves to the cause. Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky, Jr., on keys, is a freelance jazz pianist and tuba player who has happily made Arizona his home since 1997. A native of Delaware, Sly began his piano studies at age 8, and he picked up the tuba while in high school. In between his high school years, he attended a summer camp for musicians in Maine, where he began to learn about playing jazz and improvising. After completing high school in 1992, Sly intensified his jazz education by attending three different universities in Delaware and in Arizona, and since moving to the Grand Canyon State, he has performed a near miracle by earning his living strictly as a performing musician in a wide variety of settings and ensembles.
12:15 p.m. - Nick Stanley
Nick Stanley began playing piano at age 8. Born in Tucson, Stanley was always listening to the greats from a very early age. Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, Gene Harris, Ray Brown, Cedar Walton, John Coltrane, Mose Allison, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr., Jimmy Smith, Bobby Timmons, Hank Jones, Nat Cole and Art Blakey are among the many influences on his music today. Stanley has had the honor of studying with recent Philadelphia/New York transplant and piano master Gary Moran, and has studied and plays frequently with bassist, trumpeter and educator Scott Black, Pete Swan and others. He has also attended workshops where he received one-on-one and group instruction from John Clayton, Bill Mays, Clarence Acox, Mike Wofford, Benny Green, George Cables, Charles McPherson and Barry Harris. In 2008, he released his debut album, "Introducing Nick Stanley." He is currently house pianist at Hacienda del Sol Resort and works with George Howard in a duo format regularly. Other venues include Kingfisher, Blue Fin, El Conquistador Resort, Old Pueblo Grille with Pete Swan and Sullivan's Steakhouse, among others.
1:30 p.m. - Help Wanted Jazz Band
Help Wanted Jazz Band is jazz sextet of amazingly talented young East Valley Arizona musicians. Based in Phoenix, they have recently made their Tucson debut. Help Wanted Jazz Band includes Ted Oberg on bass, Tyler Mount on guitar, Jacob McInally on saxophone, Justin Tropio on trombone, Lacour Lavanté on keyboard and Julian Peña on drums.
2:45 p.m. - John Monroe Duo
John Monroe studied music and composition at Northern Illinois University, honing his chops at gigs around the Chicago area for years. Steeped in jazz, blues and classically trained, his compositions and playing transcend genres, touching all the styles he loves. A recent transplant to Southern Arizona, Monroe is just beginning to make his mark on the Tucson music scene. Originally from Indiana, Jim Glinski came to Tucson in 1967. Coming from a background that includes pop, rock, country and blues, he set out for San Francisco in the early 1970's on a musical exploration tour. Since returning to Tucson in 1979, he combined his love of music and composition by opening an audio and video studio where he continues to be inspired by the musical abilities of the talented community of Tucson musicians. The combination of Monroe's jazz and classical style and Glinski's pop and rock background, with both their love of blues, makes for a colorful, one-of-a-kind listening experience. Latin beats, blues progressions, and jazz changes, both in original compositions and a few covers, are creatively redone and make this an act not to be missed.
Spring Arts in the Plaza Fine Art and Jazz Festival
Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Philip's Plaza, southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue