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Debbie Poryes

The sophistication and warm power of Debbie Poryes’s music is hard to overstate. Her highly original compositions are influenced by jazz from bebop to post-bop to modern times, as well as by 20th-century classical music and free jazz. Her voicings, melodies and touch are exquisite. Her sense of time and swing are deeply felt, and yet she can also be light hearted. “Poryes is an inventive pianist, taking familiar standards and setting them slightly askew to re-examine them. Poryes’s originals are varied in their moods and effects, serene... powerful... admirable.” Cadence Magazine “Debbie Poryes and her infectious gifts as an abundantly creative jazz pianist- composer-arranger points out her distinctive identity among the huge crowd of excellent pianists

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Get It Straight - Thelonious Monk Is Still Cooking at 102

Read "Get It Straight - Thelonious Monk Is Still Cooking at 102" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Big birthday shout outs to Thelonious Monk and Roy Kral (pictured with Jackie Cain), along with singers Nancy Kelly, Emma Larsson, Amy Cervini, Lee Wiley, Nona Hendryx, drummer Eve Sicular, trumpeter Pam Fleming, pianists Linda Presgrave and Johnny O'Neal among others; with a bounty harvest of new releases from trumpeter Bria Skonberg, pianists Leslie Pintchik and ...

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Notable Songs by 21st Century Women

Read "Notable Songs by 21st Century Women" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In this episode of A Broad Spectrum we feature some gorgeous new releases and we give birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Jeri Southern, Hank Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Josh Nelson, Tony Bennett, Connie Converse, Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Terri Lyne Carrington, Aaron Weinstein, and Baby Jane Dexter among others, focusing on some notable songs written by ...

Two and Fro

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2011

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You Bet I Do

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 0
Duration: 5:29

Catch Your Breath

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Catch Your Breath; I've Got the Sun in the Morning; Prayer for a Child; My Heart Stood Still; I Should Care; Willie's Waltz; Melody for C; Here, There & Everywhere; Lake Dream.

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Debbie Poryes: Catch Your Breath

Read "Catch Your Breath" reviewed by John Barron

Recording a disc half-filled with overdone standards should require, at minimum, an attempt at dissection and redirection, investigating any harmonic and rhythmic possibilities left over after decades of use. Such is the case with the release of Catch Your Breath, from San Francisco Bay-area pianist Debbie Poryes. Poryes' approach to arranging involves sophistication with warmth and ...

The State of OA2 Records 2010: Nelda Swiggett and Debbie Poryes

Read "The State of OA2 Records 2010: Nelda Swiggett and Debbie Poryes" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The umbrella record label Origin Arts has three imprint labels beneath it: Origin Records, founded in 1997 by Seattle drummer John Bishop, focusing primarily on prominent jazz artists from the Northwest United States. OA2 records was begun in 2002 with the aim of broadening Origin's talent attention countrywide. Origin Classical was later founded with not simply ...

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JazzWeek Radio Chart: March 29, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 2 Ahmad Jamal A Quiet Time (Dreyfus) 204 209 -5 1 53 1 10 2 2 5 Hadley Caliman Straight Ahead (Origin) 182 195 -13 3 51 2 9 3 8 8 Rufus Reid Out Front (Motema) 168 134 +34 4 51 ...

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Catch Your Breath

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2010
Duration: 4:12


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