Roberta Piket Trio
New York City: Baruch College (The City University of New York) will host "The Roberta Piket Trio" as part of the continuing Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert series, now in its 12th season. This concert-organized by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Commmittee-is funded by the Baruch College Performing Arts Center and The Baruch College Fund.
In the time since pianist/composer Roberta Piket returned to her native New York, the New England Conservatory graduate has played professionally as a side woman with Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton, Elliot Zigmund, Harvey Wainapel, and the BMI Jazz Composers' Orchestra. She has twice been a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio. It is in her work as a composer and bandleader, however, that the depth of Roberta's talent becomes most evident. She is a gifted composer whose worked has been described as "imaginative" by the Village Voice.
Recently, Ms Piket played solo and in duo with Marian McPartland in a sold-out concert at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her budding solo piano activities, Roberta currently expresses her unique musical voice through two projects: The Roberta Piket Trio and Alternating Current. Roberta's Trio has toured Japan (performing twelve nights at the Blue Note Club in Fukuoka) as well as the Midwest and New England. Roberta has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, the Texaco-New York (Knitting Factory) Jazz Festival, and the famed Blue Note Club in New York to wide acclaim.
Roberta's second CD, Live at the Blue Note (Half Note Records) was named one of the five best of 1999 in JazzTimes. The more recent Speak, Memory (Fresh Sound/New Talent) was listed as one of the top ten CDs of 2002 by JazzIz Magazine. Most recently, Roberta has recorded two CDs for release on the Japanese Meldac label. The latter of these, September of Tears, features Rufus Reid and Billy Hart.
For her March 25th appearance at Baruch College, Ms. Piket will be joined by virtuoso bassist Mike McGuirk and legendary drummer Billy Hart.
This 2003-2004 academic year, for the second year in a row, the Hinton committee has organized a series of concerts starting with the November 6, 2003 appearance of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. On December 4, the "Sax in the City" quartet appeared in the Lobby of the Vertical Campus. On February 26, 2004, the Ted Piltzecker Septet performed in the Engelman Recital Hall.
The inaugural Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert in 1992 starred jazz bassist Milt Hinton himself together with his picks for an "All-Star" ensemble: Seldon Powell (saxophonist), Bob Rosengarden (Drums), Mike Walters (saxophone and woodwinds), Derek Smith (piano), Jay D'Amico (piano), Mike Grey (trombone), and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (guitar). This magical first concert saw famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis join the group during the second half.
The following year Tito Puente and his big band also played to a full house with some students and faculty dancing in the aisles. In 1994 the concert was billed as a "Tribute to Women in Jazz" and featured a performance by singer Ruth Brown and Friends and the group Straight Ahead. In 1995 trombonist extraordinaire Slide Hampton and the Big Band Bird filled the bill for the fourth annual concert.
In 1996 America's jazz statesman Dr. Billy Taylor and the Billy Taylor Trio graced the Baruch College stage. In 1997 Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band gave a performance that offered a unique blend of Latin and jazz traditions. The 1998 concert presented virtuoso drummer Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Big Band.
The world famous Mingus Big Band played at the 8th annual concert in 1999. The Bronx Horns, consisting of Tito Puente's brass section, together with Dave Valentin (flute) and Randy Brecker (trumpet), performed at the 9th annual concert in 2000. In 2001, The Heath Brothers ("Percy, Jimmy, and Tootie") with special guest Jimmy Owens, performed at the 10th annual concert.
In 2002 the Hinton Committee expanded its offerings with a series of concerts, including a November 6, 2002 concert featuring "The Latin-Jazz All Stars" with several world-renown Latin-jazz musicians: trumpeter/leader Michael Mossman, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, bassist Andy Gonzalez, and percussionist Phoenix Rivera. The 2002-2003 season also featured the Marty Sheller Big Band, Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin-Jazz ensemble, and "Rumbamerica," an Afro-Cuban ensemble made up of some of New York's top Afro-Cuban drummers, singers, and dancers.