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Roberta Piket

The daughter of a European composer and a Great American Songbook singer, native New Yorker Roberta Piket is a pianist who loves to swing while exploring the more adventurous harmonic possibilities of jazz and improvised music. Roberta’s father was the Austrian composer Frederick Piket, whose works were performed by the New York Philharmonic under famed conductor Dimtri Metropolis. (The elder Piket, who passed away when Roberta was eight, is also renowned for his significant contribution to the musical liturgy of reform Judaism.) From her mother, Cynthia, Roberta learned by ear the tunes of Porter, Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, and Berlin (as well as accompanying lyrics). In her early teens, a chance encounter with a classic LP rescued from a flea market changed the course of Roberta’s life

New Shoes: Kind of Blue at 60

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1 — Boiled Funk; Foiled Bunk; So What; Boiled Funk 2: Dark of Night; Blue in Green. CD 2 — Boiled Funk 3: Worth Your While; All Blues; Boiled Funk 4: Old Feet, New Shoes; Flamenco Sketches; Boiled Funk 5: A Smile; Freddie Freeloader; Boiled Funk / Theme.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston

Read "Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, we celebrate trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in honor of her birthday, and take a look at some recent trombone players making noise in the jazz world. We sample some new releases by vocalists Josephine Beavers, Lila Ammons, Virginia Schenck, flutist Andrea Brachfeld and pianist Roberta Piket, with birthday shout outs ...

Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz

Label: Thirteenth Note Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Ghost Sanctuary; Beautiful You; Looking Down at the Stars; Shmear; Flight; Destiny; Your Touch; Blinds Eye; Ugly Beautiful; Cannonball.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Roberta Piket Showcases The Composing Talents Of Husband/Collaborator Billy Mintz On "Domestic Harmony: Picket Plays Mintz," Due Dec. 6

Pianist Roberta Piket Showcases The Composing Talents Of Husband/Collaborator Billy Mintz On "Domestic Harmony: Picket Plays Mintz," Due Dec. 6

Pianist Roberta Piket presents a truly intimate musical offering with the December 6 release of Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz on her own Thirteenth Note Records. A solo piano performance (her third, following 2012’s Solo and 2015’s Solo Volume 2), the album assays ten intriguing compositions by Billy Mintz, the highly regarded drummer who regularly collaborates ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

These Leos Are Jazz Lions

Read "These Leos Are Jazz Lions" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Some heavyweight birthdays in this mid-August broadcast, which included new releases from saxophonist Ben Flocks, songwriter Mark Winkler and guitarist Paul Silbergleit with celebratory shout outs to songwriter Bernice Petkere, Benny Carter and organist Trudy Pitts in the first hour, Roberta Piket, Jeri Southern, Howard Johnson and Regina Carter in the second hour, Abbey Lincoln in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Turn The Hose on Me Boys, I'm Burnin' Up Again

Read "Turn The Hose on Me Boys, I'm Burnin' Up Again" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week the playlist includes new releases from vocalists Rebecca Dumaine, Chanda Rule, Amanda Ekery, harpist Brandee Younger, the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, clarinetist Anat Cohen and The Hot Sardines, with birthday shout outs to guitarist Memphis Minnie, trumpeter Valaida Snow, vocalists Dakota Staton, Boz Scaggs, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, and pianists Hazel Scott and Mala Waldron, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

West Coast Trio

Label: 13th Note
Released: 2018
Track listing: Mentor, Falling in Love with Love, A Bridge to Nowhere, Humpty Dumpty, Flor de Lis, Yemenja, My Buddy, Conception, Windmills of Your Mind


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