Debbie Poryes Trio

Born in Santa Monica, California, Debbie Poryes found herself at the piano when she was five, practicing everything from Chopin to show tunes. Hearing Monk and Miles as a teenager, she fell in love with their music and decided to become a jazz pianist. She has since headlined all over the San Francisco Bay Area including Yoshi’s, the Berkeley Jazzschool, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and the Piedmont Piano Company.

The 1980s saw Debbie teaching jazz in the Netherlands at conservatories in Hilversum and Arnhem. She toured Europe as a leader of her own trios and quartets, performing at festivals and clubs in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, England, and France, including The Bimhuis and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, New Morning in Paris, and Quasimodo in Berlin.

While living in Europe she recorded a trio LP for Timeless Records. She arranged for, accompanied, and recorded with numerous singers as well as freelancing with other groups, including an eleven-piece band led by bassist John Clayton.

Debbie currently teaches at both the Jazzschool and Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Since 2007 she has released three CDs: "A Song in Jazz", "Catch Your Breath", and "Two and Fro".

A Song in Jazz

Peter Barshay is a veteran bassist who has established a strong reputation over the years from his sideman work on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz scenes. Peter has performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Werner, Shirley Horn, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin, Bobby McFerrin, Joey Baron, Jimmy Rowles, Tommy Flanagan, the Mingus Big Band, Victor Lewis, Lou Donaldson, Lew Tabackin, Joe Chambers, Armen Donelian, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Mike Stern, Art Lande, and Paul McCandless.

Peter has played Chez Hanny previously with Harvey Wainapel, Steve Lockwood, Michael O'Neill, Dave Scott, Peggy Stern, Edward Simon, Joshua Breakstone, Armen Donelian, and Larry Schneider.

Drummer David Rokeach toured with Ray Charles from 1990-91. He has performed/recorded with Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Lou Rawls, Dr. John, Joe Henderson, Mark Murphy, The George Brooks-Zakir Hussain Group, Wilson Pickett, Linda Tillery, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Joyce Cooling, Maria Muldaur, Calvin Keys, Barry Finnerty, Merl Saunders, David Grisman, Louis Bellson, Wayne Wallace, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Paula West, Marcos Silva, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Ernestine Anderson, Oscar Brown Jr., Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider, and Rita Moreno.

He played Chez Hanny previously with Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble.