Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Debbie Poryes Trio
Loving Hank CD Release Concert
with special guest, Erik Jekabson

Celebrating their new CD Loving Hank on OA2 Records, the Debbie Poryes Trio plays an eclectic mix of Debbie’s compositions and creative arrangements to standards. Debbie’s compositions are influenced by jazz from bebop to modern times, as well as by 20th century classical music and free jazz. The trio listens, interacts, swings, plays from the heart, and has a good time! They will be joined by Erik Jekabson on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

A natural born musician, Debbie Poryes took to the piano at five years old, playing show tunes and studying classical music. Hearing Monk and Miles as a teenager, she fell in love with jazz and decided to become a jazz pianist.

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. She returned to the U.S. in 1990 to get married and to raise her daughter.

Debbie’s previous CDs include A Song in Jazz, Catch Your Breath, and Two and Fro. 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.” Pandora plays all three of these CDs and you can make a Debbie Poryes station.

Currently, in addition to concerts with her trio, she has a fulltime private teaching practice and runs jazz trio classes at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Debbie has also been a member of the faculty at The Stanford Jazz Workshop for that last 5 years. She felt the call to teach early in her career and continues to adore helping students to understand jazz and further their own playing. Her students enjoy her sense of humor and her organized and fun approach, as well as her deep knowledge of piano technique. debbieporyes.com

Both bassist Peter Barshay and drummer David Rokeach have decades of experience playing with well and lesser known musicians around the world. David has played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and covered the Jersey Boys chair, and is a constantly called drummer here in the Bay Area. Peter lived for many years in New York, establishing a strong reputation on the jazz scene. He played with amongst others Kenny Barron, Shirley Horn and Freddie Hubbard.

Erik Jekabson is one of the most sought after trumpet players in the Bay Area. In addition to composing and playing, leading and recording his own many groups, he’s a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and the Brubeck Institute.

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