I Won the DownBeat Critics’ Poll

Let’s cut to the chase. Most of you know me as a pianist. What am I doing in the picture above sitting at a Hammond B3 organ?

The fact is I’m celebrating. I was just named Rising Star Organist of the Year in the 2018 Downbeat Critics poll . I know people always say, “This is a great honor and I am humbled,”, butreally, this is a great honor and I am humbled!

I’ve actually been playing organ for quite some time. In fact, I play organ on several tracks on three CDs you can check out: Two are Billy Mintz CDs: Mintz Quartet(2013) and Ugly Beautiful (2017) . There’s also an organ burner duo with Billy on Relent , from my 2011 CD Sides, Colors . Check them out!

Note: In a nod to my occasional piano work 😉 , I came in at #16 in the Rising Star Piano category. Seriously I’m very pleased to receive this acknowledgement, especially given how many phenomenal pianists there are on the scene right now.

As always, thank you for your support, especially the poll participants!

One Reply to “I Won the DownBeat Critics’ Poll”

  1. Roberta – I’d love to know more about you. I promote organ jazz and have been producing my own podcast called Doodlin’ Lounge (mostly dedicated to jazz organists) for many years. I am also a jazz programmer on the Bay Area’s jazz station: KCSM. Is it possible to record a phone interview with you some time soon? Visit my web site and let me know… http://www.doodlinlounge.com Continued Success to you!

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