Roberta Piket/Billy Mintz Quartet

With Putter Smith & John Gross
Friday November 14 • 7 pm
Live At The Artistic ~ Artistic Piano Gallery, Medford
Cost: $25/$20 for SMP Members/$10 for students
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Siskiyou Music Project welcomes back NY pianist Roberta Piket and drummer Billy Mintz for a performance at the Artistic Piano Gallery in Medford on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. They will be joined by L.A. bassist Putter Smith and Portland based saxophonist John Gross.

Pianist/composer Roberta Piket is one of a handful of New York musicians who is respected for both her swinging and inventive straight-ahead jazz playing as well as her powerful and sensitive work in creative improvised music. For Roberta, there are no genre boundaries, only the opportunity to make exceptional music. Roberta has played professionally as a side-woman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton, Mickey Roker, Valery Ponomarev, Harvey Wainapel, Eliot Zigmund, Benny Golson, Urszula Dudziak and the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra and has thrice been a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio. A gifted composer as well, Roberta was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk BMI Composers’ Competition.

Drummer-Billy-MintzDrummer Billy Mintz has been performing with the members of this group in various formats for the last thirty years, starting when he moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1981. Billy met the great John Gross at that time along with other great LA jazz musicians playing in Tom Persons’ big band. Billy started playing with incredible Putter Smith in Alan Broadbent’s Trio in 1989. In 2003 Billy moved back to New York City where he started playing in Roberta Piket’s trio.


John Gross is an internationally respected musician and has resided in Portland since 1991. Among his employers past and present; Harry James, Stan Kenton, Lionel Hampton, Shelly Manne, Don Ellis, Woody Herman and Toshiko Akiyoshi. He performs regularly with Gordon Lee Quartet, David Friesen, David Frishberg, Alan Jones Sextet and his own groups Blema Bii and the John Gross quartet. John has taught at universities in the US and Europe and is the author of “185 Multiphonics for the Saxophone, A Practical Guide” published by Advance Music.

Putter-SmithPutter Smith is a legendary jazz bassist who has played with great artists such as Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Warne Marsh, Alan Broadbent, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Eckstine, Diane Schuur, Lee Konitz, Jackie and Roy, Carmen McRae, Gary Foster, Art Farmer, Blue Mitchell, Art Pepper, Ray Charles and many more.