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Chihiro Yamanaka

Chihiro Yamanaka, Universal Music/Blue Note recording artist, is one of the most exciting jazz pianists and composers of her generation, and the leader of the Chihiro Yamanaka Trio.

The new Chihiro Yamanaka CD, Somethin' Blue, is her Blue Note Records debut.

Chihiro has been a Universal Music/Verve recording artist since 2005, the same year in which she was named Swing Journal’s “Best New Artist.” On the occasion of Universal's recent acquisition of Blue Note Records – in time for Blue Note’s 75th anniversary – Chihiro made the move to Blue Note. As a newly minted Blue Note artist, she has been a big part of the 75th anniversary celebrations, including a concert at the Blue Note Tokyo in which she performed with all-stars including bassist Ron Carter.

Chihiro, who most often performs and records in trio format, assembled a sextet for the Somethin' Blue sessions and created a new compositional universe that places this 2014 album in the lineage of classic Blue Note recordings. Her impressive technical mastery of the piano combines with her improvisational command to make her a member of the pantheon of great pianists who have recorded for Blue Note throughout its history.

Chihiro’s music pivots between her strikingly original compositions and her unique arrangements in which she accomplishes the impressive feat of introducing the element of surprise into some of the most famous songs in the jazz repertoire, contemporary popular music, and even the works of classical composers.

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July 27, 2015

Chihiro Yamanaka At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug. 8) & Don Quixote's...

March 22, 2015

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Blues Alley In Washington, DC, March 30

March 01, 2015

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Dizzy's In New York City, March 9

April 08, 2014

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Kuumbwa Jazz In Santa Cruz, Yoshi's San...

April 04, 2014

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Dizzy's (san Diego), Blue Whale (los Angeles),...

March 25, 2014

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio, March 31 At Blues Alley In Washington, DC

March 24, 2013

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio, March 28 At Kuumbwa Jazz Center In Santa Cruz, Ca

March 22, 2013

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Dizzy's In San Diego, March 30

January 08, 2013

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Iridium Jazz Club, Jan. 16

October 16, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka At Berklee In Boston, Live On WBGO, October 18

August 29, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Yoshi's San Francisco, September 2

August 15, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Chris' Jazz Cafe (Philadelphia) on August 23

August 03, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio On "Jazzset With Dee Dee Bridgewater"

July 04, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Iridium July 10 (New York City)

May 07, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka CD "Reminiscence" Released In U.S. on May 8

May 04, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio At Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival, May...

March 28, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio at An die Musik Live (Baltimore), March 29

March 16, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio at Iridium in NYC, March 21

July 08, 2011

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio at Umbria Jazz Festival, July 9

June 16, 2011

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio featuring Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, 6/22 at...

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