山中千尋Chihiro (*1974 in Kiryū) is a jazz pianist and composer. At age four she began formal piano studies. While she began with classical music and still practices it, she shifted her focus to jazz studies in high school. After graduation she attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston as part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency program. She has played and recorded with the New York-based DIVA Jazz Orchestra, led by Sherrie Maricle, but is best known for her small group recordings, which are typically trios and have featured bassists such as Larry Grenadier and Robert Hurst, and drummers such as Jeff Ballard and Jeff "Tain" Watts.
Yamanaka has toured Europe, the United States and Japan, and has played at several festivals, including the Umbria Jazz Festival in 2011, the Bologna Jazz Festival and Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival the following year. In 2011 and 2012 Yamanaka played Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with symphony orchestras in Japan. As of 2012, she was based in New York City.
In 2014, she moved from Verve Records to the Blue Note label. In 2017, she released a remarkable album, playing Monk on piano and Hammond B-3 organ.
partially from Wkikipedia and allmusic.com
Blue Note UCCJ-2227
Chihiro Yamanaka, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3 organ
Jennifer Vincent, bass
Yoshi Waki, bass
John Davis, drums
LaFrae Olivia Sci, drums
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