Latest Release

Debbie Poryes Trio "Loving Hank"

“…a group that plays with an interactive verve and elegance...a knockout listening experience.” - ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"Meant as an homage to the great Hank Jones, the title of Bay Area pianist Debbie Poryes' latest trio recording also offers a metaphor for the significance the jazz masters, the music and the players have in her life. With longtime bandmates Peter Barshay on bass and drummer David Rokeach, those feelings shine through as the trio brings warmth, intelligence and swing to a collection of six originals, along with creative modern arrangements of standards including "Wonderful Day" and "How About You," and a special look at Joni Mitchell's classic, "Both Sides Now." "...(her) arranging involves sophistication with warmth and open-ended possibilities. As a result, American songbook gems...sound fresh and invigorating..." - All About Jazz.



1. I have two CD-release concerts soon with my trio, Peter Barshay on bass and David Rokeach on drums, and special guests Erik Jekabson on trumpet & flugelhorn. We’ll be playing at California Jazz Conservatory September 29, and Piedmont Piano Company October 22. See the Calendar for more details. You can preorder the CD now with OriginArts button on Listen page, or buy it after Sept 15 at and the usual outlets, iTunes, Amazon etc.

2. Fall term for my trio classes at Jazzschool in Berkeley starts September 22.

3. If you would like to be on my email list for occasional news of my musical activities, you can sign up on my contact page.



“…her infectious gifts as an abundantly creative jazz pianist-composer-arranger points out her distinctive identity among the huge crowd of excellent pianists. Easily perceptible is her genuine, spirited exuberance for the music, the piano…” – Herb Wong

“It must be assumed that pianist Debbie Poryes has named her trio album as an homage to Hank Jones, as her compositions, as well as her interpretations, display a similar gentility and regality as the famed bop icon. ” — LA Jazz Weekly

“A musician you should be aware of is pianist Debbie Poryes. Her playing is confident, yet playful, thoughtful, but full of life.” – Jazz Chicago

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