Debbie Poryes


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Debbie Poryes

Pianist Debbie Poryes returns to her SJW for second year as a faculty member. Debbie has an active Bay Area private studio and also teaches at the Berkeley Jazzschool and Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop in addition to SJW. Debbie has played all over the San Francisco Bay Area including at Yoshi's Jazzclub, the Berkeley Jazzschool, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and Piedmont Piano Company. The 1980s saw Debbie in The Netherlands, in tenured positions teaching jazz at conservatories in Hilversum and Arnhem. She also toured Europe, performing at clubs and in festivals in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, England, and France. While abroad, she recorded a trio LP for Timeless Records and worked as an accompanist and arranger for numerous singers. 

Since 2007 she has recorded and released three CDs: A Song in Jazz, her trio CD released on the Jazzschool Records label; Catch Your Breath, a quartet CD released in 2010 on the Origin/OA2 Records label; and in April 2011 another Origin/OA2 release, Two and Fro, a duo with Bruce Williamson. All three recordings have received outstanding reviews and sold copies across the country as well as in Japan, Australia, and England. Jazz Chicago wrote, "Poryes's playing is confident, yet playful, thoughtful, but full of life," and All About Jazz said, “Poryes colors outside the lines and plays to challenge and compel, but never forgets to entertain.” Herb Wong, renowned jazz critic said, “Impressive, too, is how her swinging joyousness articulates every note she plays.” And All Music Guide calls Debbie’s playing, “infectious, dramatic, spirited and shimmering.”