The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia on August 23, 2012, in a concert celebrating the release of her new CD, Reminiscence (Universal/Decca/EmArcy). This is the 2nd major-label CD release in the United States by the dazzling jazz pianist, following her 2011 U.S. debut, Forever Begins (Universal/Decca/EmArcy).
Chris' Jazz Cafe is at 1421 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA. Chihiro will perform from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. There is a $10 cover charge, with a $5 discounted cover charge for students, along with a $10 food/drink minimum. Reservations and general information are available at the Chris' Jazz Cafe website or by calling the venue at 215-568-3131.
Appearing with Chihiro will be bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer John Davis. Waki and Davis appear on Reminiscence, as do bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. The CD features a combination of Chihiro's distinctive composing and her strikingly original arrangements of classic material by composers ranging from John Coltrane and Horace Silver to Burt Bacharach and Carole King.
Reminiscence has already been released in Japan on Universal/Verve, and it quickly ascended to the #1 spot on the Japanese jazz charts, continuing Chihiro's streak of consecutive chart-topping jazz CDs on Universal/Verve in Japan over the past several years. Reminiscence has the additional honor of winning the “Nissan Presents Jazz Japan Award" for “Album Of The Year."
Next on the horizon is Chihiro's tribute to the Beatles, Because (Universal/Verve), a CD released in Japan in July, 2012 and due to hit the U.S. and Europe markets in coming months. 2012 has been a milestone year for Chihiro, a year that delivered the Chihiro Yamanaka Trio's first appearance in the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, a concert that was featured on National Public Radio’s “JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.”
The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio's other upcoming concerts include August 24 at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA, and September 2 at Yoshi's in San Francisco, CA.