The Checkout: Chihiro Yamanaka
October 18, 2012
Famed New York area NPR jazz station WGBO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout – Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee’s Red Room @ Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org’s 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org.
Chihiro Yamanaka, Universal Classics and Jazz recording artist and Berklee alumna, is one of the most exciting jazz pianists and composers of her generation, and the leader of the Chihiro Yamanaka Trio.
Her 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. Yamanaka is also an accomplished classical pianist, whose recent concerts have included a performance of Gershwin's “Rhapsody In Blue” with the Tokyo Symphony.