Debbie Poryes has been a regular at Picán, playing Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 7-7:30pm to about 9p or a bit thereafter. Guests are treated to her wide repertoire of jazz standards, bebop, tunes from Wayne Shorter to Monk; she picks up the vibe from guests in the Dining Room and goes with it!
A native of Santa Monica, Debbie began her musical training when she was 5 years old, with a range of Chopin to show standards and everything in between. She was fascinated by music theory and this led her to develop mad skills in improvisation and composition, inspired as a teen by the likes of greats Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis. She earned a full scholarship to Cal and began her collegiate study there, but soon left school to pursue life as a professional jazz musician. She played local East Bay restaurants and clubs, composed and arranged, produced concerts and performed as a headliner and became a frequent face on the local jam circuit. She later received a teaching credential in Jazz Studies and took off to Europe and became a tenured faculty member in leading conservatories in the Netherlands. She toured around Europe and eventually returned to the US in 1990 to marry and raise a daughter.
Since 2007. she’s recorded three CDs and has a full calendar of teaching through her private studio, as faculty at various Jazz festivals and programs and as a regular performer at Picán, where she delights guests with swinging classic jazz, standards and compositions of her own. Catch Debbie Wednesday and Saturday evenings, starting about 7p until about 9p or so!
“Poryes is an inventive pianist, taking familiar standards and setting them slightly askew to re-examine them. Poryes’ originals are varied in their moods and effects, serene… powerful… admirable.” – Cadence Magazine