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Roberta Piket by Roberta Piket - 1M ago
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I recently wrote an article for Downbeat magazine’s September 2018 “Woodshed” column on substitutions for diminished chords. I got a little overly excited at all the possibilities, so unfortunately Downbeat had to edit the article down a bit. Below is a link to download the unabridged version for free.

Thanks to Downbeat editor Ed Enright for graciously giving me permission to print the full article on my web site.

The post Spice Up Your Diminished Chords – Complete Version appeared first on Roberta Piket | Pianist, Organist, Composer, Vocalist, Teacher.

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I recently wrote an article for Downbeat magazine’s “Woodshed” column on substitutions for diminished chords. The article will appear in the September 2018 issue but it’s available online now.

I’ve recorded a short re-harmonization of George Gershwin’s tune, Embraceable You, using the techniques I discuss in the article:

This is such a beautiful tune that I wouldn’t want to change it too drastically.

You can download a free lead sheet showing the dominant seventh substitutions I’ve used to replace the diminished seventh chords at the link below:



The originals chord changes are underneath. The reharmonized ones are on top.

Check out the article in Downbeat and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

The post Diminished Chord Substitutions: Embraceable You appeared first on Roberta Piket | Pianist, Organist, Composer, Vocalist, Teacher.

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I’m honored that Ken Franckling included One for Marian on his list of the 10 best new jazz releases of 2016. Thanks Ken!

https://kenfrancklingjazznotes.blogspot.com/2016/12/looking-back-at-years-best-jazz.html

The post One for Marian Makes 10 Best of 2016 List appeared first on Roberta Piket | Pianist, Organist, Composer, Vocalist, Teacher.

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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

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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.”

Bill Evans Copenhagen Rehearsal Tape (1966 Live Video) - YouTube

The post Bill Evans Oslo Rehearsal Tape (1966 Live Video) – YouTube appeared first on Roberta Piket | Pianist, Organist, Composer, Vocalist, Teacher.

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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!

The post Karrin Allyson at Birdland – Go There This Week appeared first on Roberta Piket | Pianist, Organist, Composer, Vocalist, Teacher.

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