Roberta Piket

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Roberta Piket
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Piano, organ
Years active 1990s–present

Roberta Piket (born 1965) is an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, and arranger.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Piket was born in Queens, New York,[2] in 1965.[1] Her father was composer Frederick Piket.[2] She started playing the piano at the age of 7 and moved to jazz in her early teens.[2] A university joint double-degree program led to her receiving a computer science degree from Tufts University and a jazz studies degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.[2] While at university, she took private lessons from Stanley Cowell, Fred Hersch, Jim McNeely, and Bob Moses.[2] After moving back to New York she studied for several years with Richie Beirach and briefly with Sofia Rosoff.[citation needed]

Her first album as leader was Unbroken Line, recorded for Criss Cross in 1996.[3] Her first album for a U.S. label was in 1999: Live at the Blue Note, for Half Note.[4] The 2003 release I'm Back in Therapy and It's All Your Fault was Piket's first with her Alternating Current ensemble.[5] This band was formed after she acquired an electric piano to use in venues that did not have an acoustic piano and then discovered that it did not suit her trio but made her think of new types of music to play.[5]

On Billy Mintz's 2014 album Mintz Quartet, Piket played piano, organ, and sang on one track.[6] She had done the same thing for her earlier album, Sides, Colors, which also included several tracks she arranged for wind instruments, horn instruments, and strings.[7]

Playing style[edit]

The Down Beat reviewer of Emanation (Solo: Volume 2) commented on the absence of a "steady pulse, stride or walking bass" in her solo piano playing; "Instead, she establishes momentum through a rhythmic motif [...and] keeps things moving through more intricate alterations between her hands".[8]


An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
1996 Unbroken Line Criss Cross Most tracks quintet, with Donny McCaslin (tenor sax, soprano sax), Scott Wendholt (trumpet), Michael Formanek (bass), Jeff Williams (drums); some tracks sextet, with Javon Jackson (tenor sax) added
1999 Live at the Blue Note Half Note With Harvie Swartz (bass), Jeff Williams (drums), John O'Gallagher (alto sax, soprano sax)
2000* Speak, Memory Fresh Sound New Talent With Masa Kamaguchi (bass), Jeff Williams (drums)
2000 Midnight in Manhattan Meldac Trio, with Michael Formanek (bass), Jeff Williams (drums)
2002* Autumn of Tears Meldac Trio, with Rufus Reid (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
2003* I'm Back in Therapy and It's All Your Fault Thirteenth Note Electric quartet, with Bruce Arnold (guitar), Cliff Schmidt (bass), Kirk Driscoll (drums)
2006* Love and Beauty Thirteenth Note Trio
2011* Side, Colors Thirteenth Note Some tracks trio; some have strings or wind instruments added
2012* Solo Thirteenth Note Solo piano
2015* Emanation (Solo: Volume 2) Thirteenth Note Solo piano
2016* One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland Thirteenth Note Sextet

As sidewoman[edit]

Year recorded Leader Title Label
2014* Mintz, BillyBilly Mintz Mintz Quartet Thirteenth Note


  1. ^ a b Roberta Piket (July 11, 2015). "Hey Wikipedia". Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jackson, Grant (February 26, 2011) "Roberta Piket on Piano Jazz". npr.
  3. ^ Dryden, Ken "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Dryden, Ken "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Graybow, Steven (March 8, 2003) "Jazz Notes". Billboard 115/10. p. 17.
  6. ^ Farberman, Brad (February 2014) "Billy Mintz/John Gross/Roberta Piket/Putter Smith – Mintz Quartet". Down Beat. p. 92.
  7. ^ Doerschuk, Robert L. (June 2011) "Roberta Piket – Beyond the Trio". Down Beat. p. 21.
  8. ^ Doerschuk, Bob (August 2015) "Roberta Piket – Emanation (Solo: Volume 2)". Down Beat. p. 89.