Chihiro Yamanaka Trio, Thursday, March 28, 2013


Chihiro Yamanaka Trio
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…imaginative virtuosity…” – NPR

Since graduating with top honors from Berklee College of Music, Japanese pianist Chihiro Yamanaka has been racking up the accolades as a top-shelf musician and composer. Beginning her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in England, she continued stateside at Berklee, and has since worked alongside George Benson, Nancy Wilson and Herbie Hancock. Her newest release Reminiscence (2012, Universal/Decca) reached #1 on the Japanese charts and proves to American audiences what Japanese audiences have known for a long time: that Yamanaka is a fierce talent with robust chops, plenty of soul, and a seemingly endless imagination for the musical possibilities of the piano trio. If you like Hiromi…you will love Chihiro!

A Universal Classics & Jazz recording artist, Yamanaka has been heralded as one of the most exciting jazz pianists and composers of her generation.  Her music pivots between original compositions and her unique presentation of standards.  Last year’s Reminiscence is her second US release, following her 2011 debut Forever Begins.  Aside from having reached #1 on the Japanese jazz charts, Reminiscence has also won the Jazz Japan Award for Album of the Year.

Awaiting US release are two more Yamanaka releases; a tribute to The Beatles titled Because, and a collection of standards titled After Hours.  These upcoming releases will cap off a recent string of career highlights, including appearances at the Kennedy Center’s Women In Jazz Festival, her visit to Dee Dee Bridgewater’s NPR broadcast show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater and a live DVD filmed at NYC’s Iridium Jazz Club.

Currently based out New York, Yamanaka tours frequently across Europe and Japan and in addition to her prolific work in jazz, she is also an accomplished classical pianist who has performed with the Tokyo Symphony.  Her blending of classical technique and jazz improvisation is something to behold.  As the JazzTimes wrote in a 2011 concert review, “the Japanese pianist tore into two originals at the top of her set, sounding a bit like Mulgrew Miller on classically trained steroids with a progressive bent…right and left, jaws were dropping.”

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio

DATE: Thursday, March 28, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $15/Adv $18/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Scott Foster

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