Primary Instrument: Piano
Debbie Poryes has been on the faculty of the Berkeley Jazzschool since 2000 teaching jazz piano and functional harmony. She has just released a new trio CD on the Jazzschool Records label with Bill Douglass on bass (Marian McPartland, Mose Allison), and David Rokeach on drums (Ray Charles, Jersey Boys), entitled “A Song in Jazz”. Debbie brings a new voice to jazz piano with unique, warm, intelligent, modern mainstream arrangements to standards and originals, an exquisite touch and a trio with an uncanny rhythmic rapport. She displays a sense of humor and a special verbal communicative ability with audiences as well, creating a show that is accessible, genuine and fun.
Debbie Poryes discovered the piano at the age of five and loved practicing Chopin and showtunes until Simon and Garfunkel came along...
- #1 on the jazz !Earshot chart Oct 23, 2007
- #39 on CMJ Jazz Chart, issue #Issue #1033
Debbie Poryes is a fresh voice in jazz, playing piano in a clean, unadorned style without pretention and with modern arrangements. The music pays homage to jazz' past while having a pop sensibility, breathing fresh air into these well-traveled standards.
Bob Collins, WRHU
This CD has stellar musicianship and imaginative styling of great standards and original compositions. First rate!
Peter Kuller, Radio Adelaide 101.5fm
Certainly a new voice to jazz piano with contemporary & mainstream arrangements to well known standards and her own compositions. A very good album which will please audiences no doubt.
George Fendel, Jazzscene
Bay Area pianist Debbie Poryes possesses a lovely and lilting touch on a host of standards like “A Wonderful Guy,” “I Hadn't Anyone Till You,” “Alone Together” and more. This is straight to the heart, finely honed piano trio music.
A Song In Jazz
Tracks: Wonderful Guy; I Hadn't Anyone Till You; The Very Thought of You; Alone Together; Sweet and Lovely; So It Seemed; Pannonica; Profile; People.
Personnel: Debbie Poryes (piano), Bill Douglass (bass), David Rokeach (drums).
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