Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
She’s big in Japan — of course, it helps that the pianist Chihiro Yamanaka was born and grew up there. Now, she’s based in New York City, and making strides in the stateside jazz world too. Her 2012 album Reminiscence features two trios: one being her working band, the other featuring special guests Larry Grenadier (bass) and acclaimed session artist Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (drums). An imaginative virtuoso on the piano bench, she’s enjoyed a recent itinerary which has seen her play in many of New York and the East Coast’s most prominent jazz clubs and concert halls.
The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio visits its leader’s alma mater, Berklee College of Music, for this installment of The Checkout: Live concert series. In a live radio broadcast on WBGO and live online video webcast at NPR Music, the band will perform live at Berklee’s Cafe 939 on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.
- Chihiro Yamanaka, piano
- Yoshi Waki, bass
- Ferenc Nemeth, drums