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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. January 27, 2018 Cafe Pink House in Saratoga, 7:30-10pm, with my trio Peter Barshay, bass, and David Rokeach, drums, and special guest Kristen Strom, tenor sax. Cafe Pink House is a very intimate place where you can be close to the music. We’ll be playing tunes from our 2017 release on OA2 Records, ‘Loving Hank,’ as well as more of our jazz renditions, Debbie’s originals, new music, and whatever strikes our fancy that day. To play is to live! To eat is also to live! Cafe Pink House has delicious small plates and drinks. See Calendar page for link to buy tickets.

2. 4-star Downbeat review for “Loving Hank!” See the Reviews page.

3. Winter term for my trio classes at Jazzschool in Berkeley starts Friday, January 12, 2018.

4. 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.



“Consistently inventive, talented, modern, mainstream pianist, who sounds very much like herself.” Scott Yanow, Downbeat

“…her infectious gifts as an abundantly creative jazz pianist-composer-arranger…” – Herb Wong

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

“Presumably 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

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