One for Marian: Liner Notes

Bob Bernotas wrote such fine liner notes for my new release, One for Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland. Here’s a link to read them. Thanks Bob!

One for Marian Liner Notes by Bob Bernotas

I also jotted down a few thoughts. In them I talk about my friendship with Marian as well as a bit about the other musicians on the CD, Steve Wilson, Virginia Mayhew, Bill Mobley, Harvie S and Billy Mintz:

One for Marian Artist’s Notes by Roberta Piket

Bill Evans Oslo Rehearsal Tape (1966 Live Video) – YouTube

Bill Evans rehearsing his trio. It’s really interesting to observe his process and priorities. I also caught myself wondering why he needed to go over some of the rhythmic figures with the drummer when they seemed so obvious. Then I remembered that these figures were not a set part of the jazz vocabulary yet, because Bill invented them!

My favorite quote: “Don’t put yourself into any tension about any of those [rhythmic figures] because I’d rather have you miss them and be relaxed.”

Karrin Allyson at Birdland – Go There This Week

Karrin Allyson has been at Birdland this week. Last night she very generously invited me to sit in on a duo version of Marian McPartland’s Twilight World, which we play on my upcoming CD, One for Marian.

It was a great pleasure to perform this song live with Karrin. It was also wonderful to hear Karrin’s spot-on interpretations and remarkable artistry and craft. She is truly one of the best singers around, and a fine songwriter as well. Her band was terrific, including a gifted young pianist I was not familiar with, Miro Sprague.

Thank you for a great night Karrin!

We have a release date for One for Marian!

My tribute to my friend and mentor, the great Marian McPartland will be released on June 10th, 2016 on Thirteenth Note Records. The CD, entitled One For Marian: A Tribute to Marian McPartland, features my arrangements of several of Marian’s most beloved tunes for sextet featuring some of New York’s best: Steve Wilson and Virginia Mayhew on saxes and woodwinds, Bill Mobley on trumpet and flugelhorn, Harvie S on bass and Billy Mintz on drums.

The recording also features special guest vocalist Karrin Allyson!

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In the Studio Soon: Recording the Music of Marian McPartland

In a few weeks I’ll be recording a tribute CD featuring compositions by one of my jazz heroes, Marian McPartland, a great pianist, good friend and tireless jazz advocate whom we lost a little over two years ago. Marian always said she wanted more people to record her compositions, and they certainly deserve to be more widely known. Her writing was lyrical, challenging and original. Over the years I recorded a few of her pieces in solo piano and trio formats, and I’m glad I did that while she was still around to hear them. For this recording, I’ve reworked several of her compositions for sextet. We have a wonderful band and a legendary producer and I can’t wait to tell you more soon!

I was born in 1965!

Someone created a Wikipedia post about me and they took my birth date from an incorrect entry in


Allmusic is not an authoritative source.

I am turning 50 in less than a month an no one is taking that away from me.

Solo Piano Master Class: Listen In

This audio is from a master class I did at the 2014 Jazz Educators’ Network conference in Dallas, TX. It was entitled A (Not So) Beginner’s Guide to Solo Jazz Piano. Special thanks to Brian Lawrence, music student at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA, for recording it.

I hope you find this master class interesting, inspiring and informative. If you have questions or comments, the comment section is open or feel free to use the Contact page.


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I released my first solo piano CD, Solo, in 2012. This spring, I’m looking forward to releasing the follow-up, Emanation (Solo: Volume 2). My former teacher, the great Richie Beirach, wrote wonderful liner notes, and my old high school friend, the brilliant artist Kyle Baker, created amazing cover art.

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Roberta Piket - Emanation - Cover