Location: New York City
Born: August 9
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).
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Roberta Piket is a gifted pianist and composer who leads one of the most accomplished and idiosyncratic piano trios in jazz…”
-Tom Conrad, JazzTimes
The jazz pianist Roberta Piket isn't a blusterer: each of her pieces seeks to solve a particular problem, and she's quietly been working on form and conceptual matters in the spirit of
devoted explorers like Chick Corea and Richie Beirach.
-Ben Ratliff, New York Times
Constantly curious, she has released a series of recordings probing across the landscape from retro��mainstream to free jazz.
-Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
A favorite of Marian McPartland, Piket is a deeply swinging, intelligent, two-fisted pianist.
-Paul deBarros, Seattle Times
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students