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Roberta Piket: Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz

Read "Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Roberta Piket was subbing in trombonist Joey Sellers' band in 1998 when she first met drummer Billy Mintz. In an All About Jazz interview, in 2011 with Victor Schermer, Piket said of that first encounter: “I noticed Billy, because the room was very dark, and yet he was wearing sunglasses; he seemed very strange. But I got to know him a bit..." Then one thing led to another, a musical collaboration was born and they got married. ...

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Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio

Read "West Coast Trio" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This album brings together New York-based pianist Roberta Piket with two outstanding musicians from the Los Angeles area: bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz and drummer Joe La Barbera. Hence the title “Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio." To spice things up, Piket brought along her long-time cohort Billy Mintz on percussion on one track, and special guest guitarist Larry Koonse on two of them. The result is an interesting blend of West Coast “cool" and sophisticated New York mainstream that pleases the ear ...

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Roberta Piket: Focusing on the Music

Read "Roberta Piket: Focusing on the Music" reviewed by Kathy Sanborn

Native New Yorker Roberta Piket is a pianist who loves to explore the more inventive territory of jazz and improvised music. A gifted composer, she was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk BMI Composers' Competition. Her latest album, One for Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland, reached JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Top 50. Piket graciously shares a bit of her own career philosophy with us, along with helpful tips on how to flourish in the music business of today. ...

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Take Five With Roberta Piket

Read "Take Five With Roberta Piket" reviewed by Roberta Piket

About Roberta Piket Born in Queens, New York, Roberta inherited a passion for music from both her parents. Her father was the Austrian composer Frederick Piket, who made significant contributions to both the musical liturgy of Reform Judaism and the concert hall with works performed by the New York Philharmonic under conductor Dimitri Metropolis. From her mother, Cynthia, she absorbed the glories of the American Songbook, learning the tunes (and accompanying lyrics) of Porter, Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, and Berlin. ...

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Roberta Piket: One for Marian

Read "One for Marian" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

In 1945, as World War II came to an end, Marian McPartland (1918-2013) moved from England to the United Sates with her then husband, trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. She had already achieved some notoriety as a pianist on radio shows and with the USO, and in the U.S., with her husband's encouragement, she found a secure niche as a jazz pianist, leader, and composer, most notably as a house pianist at the famed Hickory House in New York, where many greats ...

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Roberta Piket: One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland

Read "One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A young, unrecorded artist is asked to share her talents, sitting in a chair that had been warmed by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie to name just a few of the legends who graced Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series. It says a great deal about Roberta Piket, that McPartland would welcome her into the fold of this company and now Piket pays tribute to her host with One For ...

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Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)

Read "Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The daughter of noted Austrian composer/conductor Fredrick Piket, New York native Roberta Piket took to the piano at an early age, later receiving a degree in jazz piano from New England Conservatory. Piket studied with pianist Richie Beirach, upon returning to New York and receiving an NEA grant. Years later, Beirach has demonstrated his sureness of Piket by serving as production assistant and writing the liner notes for Emanation (Solo: Volume 2). Piket's early jazz influences and an interest in ...


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