The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform March 30 at Dizzy’s in San Diego, CA. The concert marks the San Diego debut by Chihiro, a Universal Music recording artist and influential jazz pianist and composer. The concert has the additional distinction of being part of Chihiro’s first multi-city west coast tour as a leader.
The tour also includes concerts at Yoshi’s San Francisco (March 27) and Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA (March 28). The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio also will perform March 23 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC in the opening ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Dizzy’s is at 4275 Mission Bay Drive, at Rosewood St., in the scenic Pacific Beach section of San Diego. The concert begins at 8:00 PM and will take the form of one 90-minute extended set. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door, and Dizzy’s provides information at (858) 270-7467. The current Dizzy’s venue is a new showroom location made possible through a collaboration with San Diego Jet Ski Rentals.
Appearing with Chihiro will be bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer John Davis. The New York-based trio's California debut was in September, 2012 at Yoshi’s San Francisco, where the group played to a packed house and to countless more who viewed the concert via streaming video.
In the month of March alone, Chihiro has performed on three continents, including 2 separate trips to Asia, before and after a trip to Europe. Her stops have included Japan, Italy, Germany, France and the United States, including concerts at two Billboard Live clubs (Tokyo and Osaka), the Blue Note Nagoya, Memo Jazz Club in Milan, and the opening concert of Festival Confini in Paris.
Keeping pace with Chihiro’s busy touring schedule is her prolific international recording career with Universal. In the past year she has had three CD releases, one in the United States, Reminiscence (Universal/Decca/EmArcy), and two in Japan, awaiting release in the United States: her Beatles tribute, Because (Universal/Verve), and After Hours 2 (Universal/Verve). In the same period Chihiro and Universal also have released an EP, Still Working, and a DVD, Live In New York, taped at Iridium Jazz Club.
The Live In New York DVD gives Chihiro’s fans the opportunity to experience on video the spectacular visual presentation that has been seen by anyone who has witnessed the fireball of energy and virtuosity on display at a live Chihiro concert appearance.
Chihiro’s music pivots between her strikingly original compositions and her unique arrangements of standards, in which she accomplishes the impressive feat of introducing the element of surprise into some of the most famous songs in the standard jazz repertoire. Chihiro takes this approach to another level with her new CD Because, a groundbreaking disc that features some of the most creative reworkings of Beatles classics ever recorded. Along with the title track, “Because” (from Abbey Road), Chihiro transforms such great songs as “Yesterday” and “Michelle” into glittering vistas of her musical imagination.