A native of Japan, Composer/Arranger/Conductor Chie Imaizumi(pronounce Chee-ay Ee-my-zoo-me) burst onto the scene in 2007 with her highly acclaimed debut recording Unfailing Kindness, which earned her a place as a DownBeat Rising Star Composer and 10 consecutive weeks on the radio charts. Since then she’s been writing, arranging and performing the music presented on her new recording A Time of New Beginnings, and choosing the players who ultimately appear on this CD. This A-List band consists of some of the most respected players in jazz from both coasts including Randy Brecker, Terell Stafford, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gary Smulyan, Greg Gisbert, Steve Wilson, Scott Robinson, Steve Davis, Tamir Hendelman and others.
Two of the pieces on this CD are commissions: the title track for drummer Jeff Hamilton, and Sharing the Freedom for the U.S. Air Force Falconaires. Chie wrote the latter to represent US/Japan relations since the end of WWII. It was first performed at the 2008 Monterey Jazz Festival to an audience of over 1500 who were moved to tears upon hearing it. This is her innate talent, to instill deep feelings within the hearts of her listeners.
Chie is also an accomplished and in-demand copyist. She is the primary copyist for John Clayton, and has also assisted for legendary Miles Davis/Thelonious Monk producer Teo Macero, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band, John Lee, Big Apple Circus, Dave Schroeder to name a few. Chie served as a Guest Artist in Residence from 2007 - 2010 at Denver School of the Arts.
Chie Imaizumi began her musical career at the age of four, when she started playing the electric organ in her native homeland of Saitama, Japan. She went on to win the Yamaha Electone Competition for outstanding performance on the electric organ at regional and national levels several years in a row. At 18, Chie began her intensive study of the jazz language at Senzoku Gakuen Junior College in Kanagawa, Japan. She changed her primary musical focus to the piano and graduated top of her class.
Chie enrolled at Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2001 and began to shift her focus from performing to composing. Her remarkable talents were soon recognized: she was awarded the Herb Pomeroy award for Jazz Composition in 2003, and performed her compositions with her own band at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague, Netherlands. Chie has earned wide recognition for her talents. Her piece “Adversity" won Second Place in the "Jazz" category in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition, she was named the 2007 “Rocky Mountain Jazz Artist of the Year," and was recognized as a "Rising Star Composer" by the DownBeat Critics Poll.
* 2011, 2012, 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll " Rising Star Arranger"
* 2008 International Songwriting Competition 2nd place in the "Jazz" category
* 2007 Downbeat Critics Poll " Rising Star Composer"
* The 2007 Rocky Mountain Jazz Artist of the Year
* " Best of The Year Jazz Discis for 2007" by Audiophile Audition publication
* Herb Pomeroy Award
* won the Yamaha Electone Competition for outstanding performance at the regional and national levels numerous years in a row since 1989