Jan. 28, 2016The U.S. Air Force Academy Band, Falconaires will perform live on KUVO 89.3 FM,

or here on the web: http://kuvo.org at 2:00 p.m. MST this Saturday, Feb 6. Tune in to get a preview of Chie's arrangement of "Hey Jude"!

Jan. 01, 2016A new commission from the US Air Force Academy Band ”Falconaires“

They are doing a recording this year!

Jun. 01, 2015John Clayton and Tom Knific with USAF Falconaires!

The International Society of Bassists 2015 Convention will be held June 1-6, 2015 in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado, home of our host Colorado State University.
We'll be planning a packed week of workshops, masterclasses, recitals, lectures, and exhibits. Our last convention attracted over 1,200 attendees from over 30 countries.

*** Chie will be conducting!

Apr. 17, 20152015 Kennedy Center Spring Gala @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


As one of Washington's premier benefit engagements, the annual Kennedy Center Spring Gala provides critical funding to support the Center's performances, education, and outreach initiatives.

For the 2015 Spring Gala, It Don't Mean a Thing… A Celebration of Swing, the Kennedy Center pays tribute to America's swing era of the 1930s and 40s--a time when Big Band jazz served as a pulse for American culture. Young adults crowded dance clubs across the country to take their turn doing the Jitterbug and Lindy Hop to the music of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and smooth vocals of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole. An all-star cast--including multiple Tony and Grammy Award winner Audra McDonald, Broadway and television sensation Megan Hilty, Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson, Grammy winner and Golden Globe nominee Terence Blanchard, and 14-time Grammy winner Paquito D'Rivera and The Puppini Sisters--joins the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Kennedy Center All-Star Swing Orchestra, under the direction of renowned Grammy-winning jazz producer John Clayton. The famed dance company, under the direction of Kennedy Center Honoree and Emmy Award winner Paul Taylor, spotlights swing dance. The co-chairs of the 2015 Spring Gala are Calvin and Janet Hill.

For information about the Special Event portion of the Spring Gala, including a dinner and reception, call (202) 416-8338 or e-mail springgala@kennedy-center.org.

Dec. 08, 2014The The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra has received a Grammy nomination!

I've been working for Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Producer, Educator, and extraordinary bassist JOHN CLAYTON as his orchestrator/copyist for almost 5 years now, and John did it once again!!! His Big Band " The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra " has received a Grammy nomination
for BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM - The L.A. Treasures Project!

May. 19, 2014DO JAZZ! SENZOKU 2014

Chie will be arranging one of her original compositions for a 30-piece Jazz Orchestra " Senzoku Get Jazz Orchestra". The concert will feature Jazz Studies faculties & students at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan.

Date : 6.15.14
Time : 17:00~
TEL 044-856-2981
Venue : MAEDA HALL@Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Mizonokuchi Campus
2-3-1 Hisamoto, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki city, Kanagawa 213-0011 JAPAN

May. 19, 2014The U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia

The U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia has been performing compositions and arrangements by Chie all over Japan since summer 2012 ; “ Ookina Furudokei “ “ Aka Tombo “ “ Usagi to Kame “ “ Sharing the Freedom " to name a few.

For their performance dates and venues, please visit their website! http://www.bandofthepacific-asia.af.mil/

May. 19, 2014NADF Band of the JASDF

The Japan Air Self Defense Force Northern Air Defense Force Band has been performing the brand new commissioned arrangement “ FURUSATO ~Prayer for Peace and Tranquility~ " since its premier in March 2014. This arrangement was dedicated to the victims of The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and nuclear disaster that occurred on March 11th, 2011. ( “Furusato" means My Hometown in Japanese)

For their performance dates and venues, please visit their website! http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/misawa/butai/hokuon/index.html

Apr. 18, 2014Added new score & parts!

Please go to "buy" section above for more details. Thank you!
" Furusato " Prayer for Peace and Tranquility : Concert Band(for A orchestra)
" Furusato " Prayer for Peace and Tranquility : Concert Band(for B orchestra)
OOKINA FURUDOKEI (Grandfather's Clock) : Little Big Band
USAGI TO KAME(The Tortoise and the Hare) : Little Big Band

Apr. 10, 2014New YouTube Video " FURUSATO " Prayer for Peace and Tranquility

This arrangement was commissioned by the Japan Air Self Defense Force Northern Air Defense Force Band, and dedicated to the victims of The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and nuclear disaster that occurred on March 11th, 2011. ( “Furusato" means My Hometown in Japanese)

Please click on " launch related site " to watch the video!

Mar. 15, 2014An article about the Japan Air Self Defense Force Northern Air Defense Force Band concert

held on 3.8.14. click on " launch related site " to read the article (Japanese only!)

Mar. 11, 2014photos - Japan Air Self Defense Force Northern Air Defense Force Band

Please click on " launch related site " to see the photos!

Dec. 12, 2013A new commission from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force ” The Northern Air Defense Force Band “

I’ll be arranging traditional Japanese song called “ Furusato “ (means My Hometown in Japanese) for the JASDF Northern Air Defense Force Band. Musicians from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Band & the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band will be joining them at the premier on March 8, 2014. This arrangement will be dedicated to victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.

" FURUSATO " ~Prayer for Peace and Tranquility~

Sep. 05, 2013" The L.A. Treasures Live Recording Concert " - John Clayton, Jeff Clayton & Jeff Hamilton present the L.A.Treasures Project featuring Barbara Morrison, Ernie Andrews and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra!


I've been working for Mr.John Clayton as his copyist/orchestrator/arranger for a little over 3 years now. We've worked with many amazing artists like Paul McCartney, Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, Leon Russell to name a few. I love the idea of this " L.A. Treasures Project " it has such pure, beautiful energies, it's about the music, family, and love. As John says " This is not going to be forever, unless we make it so. ", he is doing it!!!

Please support this beautiful " LA Treasures Project ". It really has beautiful energies!

*** tickets to the live recording concert can only be purchased online through this website → http://www.latreasuresproject.com

Aug. 10, 2013An Evening with Natalie Cole @ Hollywood Bowl

Ms.Natalie Cole's concert presented by LA Phil at Hollywood Bowl. They will be premiering new arrangements by John Clayton assisted by Chie Imaizumi.

Jun. 27, 2013DownBeat Critics Poll recognized Chie as a "Rising Star Arranger" 3 years in a row!


Chie made " Rising Star Arranger" list on Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll again this year!
Thank you for all your love and support :)

Apr. 25, 2013A Tribute to John Levy


Under the direction of guest conductor John Clayton, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra pays tribute to Mr.John Levy, the great bassist, and renowned personal manager for many jazz greats. They will premier " A Tribute to John Levy " suite arranged by John Clayton, orchestrated by Chie Imaizumi.
In 1997, Mr.Levy was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame, and in 2006 he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. This event will also be streamed online Friday 4/26 at 7:30 PM Eastern time!

Feb. 01, 2013jazz89 KUVO radio 3-4pm(MST)!

I'll be on jazz89 KUVO radio today with Erik Troe from 3-4pm(MST) for one hour, as their pledge drive pitch partner, also to promote my concert at Dazzle on Feb 2nd :) Please call in and support KUVO!

Jan. 25, 2013Chie is featured on " Weekly LALALA " Japanese newspaper in Southern California

Jan. 24, 2013Chie Imaizumi Big Band at Dazzle in Denver, CO!


featuring.... Greg Gisbert, Brad Goode, Gabriel Mervine, Ken Johnson, Tom Ball, Scott Crump, Mark Patterson, Bruce Blomquist, John Gunther, Josh Quinlan, Clare Church, Lynn Baker, Amy Peck, Mike Abbott, Justin Adams, Patrick McDevitt, and Paul Romaine!

To make a reservation, please go to
dazzlejazz.com or call 303-839-5100

Oct. 10, 2012tour


The US Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia Pacific Showcase will go on tour to Kansai region. They'll be playing some of my arrangements which were commissioned by the USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia. Please support!

Oct 12th(fri) Oirase Koryu Center, Oirase, Japan
Oct 20(sat) Moriyama Civic Hall, Moriyama Japan
Oct 21(sun) Kitano Kobo no Machi, Kobe Japan
Oct 23(tue) JR Kyoto Train Station (Central Exit), Kyoto, Japan
Oct 24(wed) Namikiri Hall, Kishiwada City, Osaka, Japan
Oct 25(thu) Kujy Imperial Hotel Osaka (Kujyaku no Ma), Osaka, Japan
Oct 26(fri) Maisuru General Culture Hall, Maizuru City, Kyoto, Japan
Oct 27(sat) Fukuchiyama Kosei Kaikan, Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto, Japan
Oct 28(sun) Wakaura Marina City, Wakayama City, Wakayama Japan

For more information, please visit their website
http://www.bandofthepacific-asia.af.mil/

Aug. 11, 2012US Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia Pacific Showcase Jazz Ensemble Japan Tour


They will be premiering/playing 2 arrangements by Chie " Nada Sou Sou " & " Ookina Hurudokei" commissioned by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia Jazz Ensemble

8/25(Sat) Takasaki City, Gunma
8/26(Sun) Iruma City, Saitama
8/28(Tue) Fussa City, Tokyo
8/29(Wed) Suginami-ku, Tokyo

For more information, please visit their website
http://www.bandofthepacific-asia.af.mil/

Jul. 20, 2012Congratulations to ABC's " Duets" first season winner J Rome (& Jennifer Nettles)!

"God Bless the Child" on week 7 and "Breakeven" on week 8 for J Rome & Jennifer Nettles were orchestrated by Chie!

Jul. 11, 2012" Duets " on ABC TV! on Thursday, July 12th 8/7c

Jennifer Nettles & J Rome will be singing a song Chie orchestrated!
Thursday, July 12th 8/7c, " Duets " on ABC TV!

Episode 108

Jul. 09, 2012Great Review from TheCelebrityCafe.com!

Chie Imaizumi’s latest CD,A Time of New Beginnings, is one of the most original jazz recordings I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in quite some time. Her music is honest and pure-hearted, blending culture, big band writing and American jazz traditions for an experience that can’t be beat (no pun intended).

Imaizumi’s dynamic tracks are beautifully crafted in their own right, but her vision is taken to new heights, thanks to the musicians accompanying her, all star players from the jazz world. What Imaizumi offers us in A Time of New Beginnings – a reprieve from the daily grind with which we struggle to keep up.

I highly recommend A Time of New Beginnings to jazz and non-jazz fans alike. Chie Imaizumi deserves to be more widely known, and this release surely does her tremendous talent justice.

Jul. 04, 2012" Duets " on ABC TV! on Thursday, July 5th 8/7c

Chie orchestrated 2 songs for the TV show called " Duets " on ABC. One for John Legend, one for Jennifer Nettles!

Episode 107

Jul. 02, 2012DownBeat Critics Poll recognized Chie as a "Rising Star Arranger" again!


Chie made " Rising Star Arranger" list on Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll again this year. Thank you for all your love and support, yay!


Mar. 30, 2012US Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia


Chie receives new commissions from the US Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia!

They will be premiering two brand new commissioned arrangements " Nada Sou Sou " and " Ookina Furudokei(My grandfather's clock) " at their Japan tour this summer.


Feb. 18, 2012Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra featuring Mr.Ernie Andrews


The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is premiering 3 new arrangements written for Mr. Ernie Andrews on Sunday Feb 19 at the Newport Beach Jazz Party. 2 of them are arranged by Mr. John Clayton, one of them are by Chie!

Jul. 01, 2011DownBeat Critics Poll recognized Chie as a "Rising Star Arranger"!


Chie made " Rising Star Arranger" list on Downbeat Critics Poll this year. Thank you for all your love and support!

Jun. 19, 2011Traincha


Chie orchestrated music (arranged by John Clayton) for a Dutch singing star Trijntje Oosterhuis(Traincha)'s performance at the 2011 Hague Jazz Festival.

Apr. 09, 2011Red Cross : Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami


On behalf of Japanese people, my family and friends in Japan, I'd like to thank you again for your kindness and contribution. All the CDs, score&parts sales(March 17- 31, 2011) via my website and cash donations total $935.40 was donated to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund.

Please continue sending good positive happy thoughts to my beautiful country Japan. I thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

My sincerest gratitude,

Chie Imaizumi



Mar. 19, 2011jazz89KUVO Women in Music


jazz89KUVO is celebrating Notable Women of Jazz this month, in honor of Women's History Month. They have Chie Imaizumi scheduled to be their Notable Woman on March 20, 2011 along with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Oddly.

Mar. 17, 2011Earthquake in Japan

Hello Everyone,

As many of you know, an 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit Japan, triggering tsunamis and nuclear power plant crisis. I'm from Saitama Pref, my immediate family live there or Tokyo(Kanto area), even though they've been experiencing occasional blackouts, aftershocks, wait in line 1hour to buy only a little gas etc, they are all safe and alive, though 2 of my best friends are pregnant with fear of radiation.

During March, I'm donating 100% of the profits from all sales(CD, score or parts) via my website to the Red Cross Japanese Relief Fund. I make absolutely no money at all from this. More than 452,000 people were staying in temporary shelters, without enough fuel, stoves, food, water, you name it. Please join me, Helen Keller once said " Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. "

Lastly, I'd like to thank those of you who contacted me to share your love with me.
Best regards and thank you.

Sincerely,

Chie Imaizumi

Mar. 17, 2011added new score&parts : CONCERT BAND

Please go to "buy" section for more details. Thank you!

Opening New Doors
I. Feeling Yesterday
II. Breaking Out
III. The Meaning of Love

Mar. 11, 2011earthquake in Japan


US Air Force Academy Concert Band is playing my piece " Opening New Doors " tonight FOR THE JAPANESE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUFFERING IN THIS HORRIBLE TRAGEDY. This piece was commissioned by Lt.Col.Larry H. Lang Commander&Conductor, they are playing 1st&3rd movement only, since the 2nd movement is about fear and anxieties.

Mar. 07, 2011International Songwriting Competition


Chie's song "Run For Your Life" in the Instrumental category has been
selected as a finalist by the International Songwriting Competition. Finalists were chosen from over 15,000 entrants.

Jan. 23, 2011 Japanese composer open 'New Doors'

Featured story on Chie's visit with the PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado. You can find it online : click on " launch related site "

Commissioned by and dedicated to the US Air Force Academy Concert Band
Lt Col.Larry Lang Commander
Composed & Arranged by Chie Imaizumi

" Opening New Doors "
I. Feeling Yesterday
II.Breaking Out
III.The Meaning of Love

Dec. 17, 2010US Air Force Falconaires release their new album " Sharing the Freedom "


US Air Force Falconaires release their new album named after the piece Imaizumi wrote. When she was asked to write a piece for them to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival, she said she looked back and thought of all the stories her grandmother told her. She grew up in Japan and when remembering her grandmother’s stories of World War II, she realized how far the nations have come.

Music is a powerful messenger!

click "launch related site" for FREE DOWNLOAD!

Oct. 27, 2010JazzTimes review!


" Positive vibes permeate the highly original music of... Chie Imaizumi. The accomplished Berklee grad creates dynamic works that are sophisticated in scope and charged with energy. Her latest release, a thrilling followup to 2007s Unfailing Kindness, showcases a cast of all-star soloists... This one's a sleeper and Imaizumi is definitely a talent worthy of wider recognition." — Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

Oct. 16, 2010Chie receives a new commission....


from US Air Force Academy Band CONCERT BAND!

Oct. 10, 2010A Time of New Beginnings CD reviews!


Chie Imaizumi knows how to pick a band. When you bring in the likes of trumpeters Randy Brecker and Terell Stafford, bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, saxophonists Steve Wilson and Gary Smulyan, you're on way to something special. Then, add in Imaizumi's compositions and arrangements, and the result becomes slamdunk great.
- Frank Alkyer- DownBeat - Critic's Picks

This music will speak for itself as the titles are seemingly self explanatory, expressing gratitude, fear, exploration, challenging the unknown, and the sheer joy of experiencing life. Having this CD in your collection can cure whatever ails you. Highly recommended!
***** Jeff Krow - Audiophile Audition

It's a beautifully crafted, beautifully played album, with a warm and familiar feel to its nine tunes that, at times, creates a real sense of nostalgia.
- Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz

Remember when hot, Asian chicks were all playing classical violin? Gone. A secret the Rocky Mountains has been keeping from the rest of us, this moving set will remind you of dozens of sets you won't be able to put your finger on. A winner throughout.
- Chris Spector - Midwest Record

Aug. 18, 2010Chie is featured on Avatar Studio Presents Podcast " Chie Imaizumi's Big Band Adventure "(58:08)


Now playing on iTunes FOR FREE!!!
*** Presented by Avatar Studios, one of the industry's top recording studios located in New York City

Aug. 17, 2010TODAY!!!!!! The new CD "A Time of New Beginnings(Capri Records)" is being released to the world today!

My second CD " A Time of New Beginnings(Capri Records)" released today. For more info and to order your copy, go to " buy " page!

A lot has happened since my last release "Unfailing Kindness" and much of it is expressed in my new music. Every piece is part of life journey and is written with my heart and from my soul. It's about growing and learning from the experiences that we all have, both positive and negative, never letting the negative take us to darker places but gaining strength to better bear the brunt of future storms.

Aug. 11, 20105 star review from Audiophile Audition!

Aug. 03, 2010DownBeat " Editor's Pick "

Chie's new CD " A Time of New Beginings " has been chosen as a DOWNBEAT 'EDITORS' PICK '

Jul. 26, 2010PRE-ORDER AUTOGRAPHED COPY of " A Time of New Beginnings "


Please go to " buy " page and follow the link! or click "launch related site " below.
Ships on Aug 17, 2010.

Composer/conductor/arranger Chie Imaizumi's name translates to 'Thousand Pictures' and through her music she generates those pictures in your mind. Every piece is part of a life journey and is written with her heart and from her soul. On her latest release, A Time of New Beginnings, she hosts an all star band from both coasts, New York and Los Angeles and in between with John Clayton, Randy Brecker, Jeff Hamilton, Gary Smulyan, Steve Davis, Terell Stafford, Scott Robinson, Steve Wilson, Tamir Hendelman, Mike Abbott, Greg Gisbert and Paul Romaine.

Jul. 04, 2010Pre-order your copy on amazon!

Jun. 05, 2010" The New Face of Jazz "(Random House) by Cicily Janus & Ned Radinsky

The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today's Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow

THE BACK COVER PHOTO of the book : CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, CHIE IMAIZUMI, WYNTON MARSALIS

RELEASE DATE OF BOOK : JULY 13, 2010
Pre-order's available now on amazon.com " must have " book!

May. 27, 2010Chie's New CD Release Date Announced


August 17, 2010!!!!!

May. 25, 2010Final touches are taking place on Chie Imaizumi's new recording, " A Time of New Beginnings " slated for release in August.


The new recording features an all star band from both coasts and in between. The band members include; Randy Brecker, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Tamir Hendelman, Gary Smulyan, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford, Steve Davis, Scott Robinson, Greg Gisbert, Mike Abbott and Paul Romaine.

Apr. 30, 2010A Feature Article on Chie " Colorado View Magazine " 6 pages!

Check out " Colorado View Magazine " 2010 Spring Issue that contains a piece on Chie

Article by Bill Gallo, Photographs by Ellen Jaskol

Apr. 27, 2010A new quote from Mr. Randy Brecker!!!


if you are in the mood for something completely original and different then this is the CD for you!
Chie Imaizumi has managed to capture Japanese sensibility, emotion and culture and mix it with creative big band writing,wonderful soloists and the Amercian Jazz tradition. The result is a unique and quite amazingl meeting of two worlds!

- Randy Brecker
Multi-Grammy Award Winning Artist

Apr. 12, 2010US Air Force Academy Band's Falconaires records " Sharing the Freedom "

Their new album title is " Sharing the Freedom "

It was commissioned by US Air Force Academy Band's Falconaires, received its world premiere at the Monterey Jazz Festival, performed by the Falconaires, conducted by Chie Imaizumi

Consulate General of Japan Mr. Kazuaki Kubo asked me to write an essay about this experience. click on " launch related site" to download PDF file (Japanese only )

Apr. 06, 2010" A Time of New Beginnings " by Chie Imaizumi All Star Band (Capri Records)

I'm going back to NYC in 2 weeks for mixing, album photo shoot, and recording a podcast interview for "Avatar Studios Presents". The concept of new CD and album title is... " A Time of New Beginnings "

1) My Heartfelt Gratitude
2) Information Overload featuring Randy Brecker
3) Fear of the Unknown featuring John Clayton
4) A Time of New Beginnings featuring Jeff Hamilton
5) Run for Your Life featuring Greg Gisbert, Terell Stafford, Jeff Hamilton
6) Today
7) Sharing the Freedom featuring Steve Wilson & John Clayton
8) Many Happy Days Ahead featuring Steve Davis & Gary Smulyan
9) Fun & Stupid Song featuring Scott Robinson

Mar. 29, 2010A new quote from Mr. John Clayton!


I am quite impressed by her exceptional level of musicianship. I have not only listened to her recordings, but I have watched her conduct her compositions, rehearse and record as the leader of a large ensemble. This combination of skills is not something one sees very often and it is a breath of fresh air that I welcome at the high, professional level she embraces. The way she successfully combines her native influences with those found here in the United States is quite unique and unheard of. She impresses the highest caliber musician and audience member alike.

- John Clayton
Grammy Award Winning Bassist/Composer/Conductor

Mar. 01, 2010offering 2 Different Levels of Composition & Arranging Courses

All pieces will be performed. Space in all classes is extremely limited.
more info : www.giftofjazz.org

BEGINNER LEVEL 2
The Goal of this class is to compose & arrange one original song for more than 3 musicians. In the end of this class, you'll have experienced musicians playing your music for you in the concert setting.

ADVANCED LEVEL 1
This class is strictly for EXPERIENCED MUSICIANS ONLY!!!
The Goal of this class is to compose&arrange one original song for 6 horns + 4 rhythms. In the end of this class, you'll have experienced musicians playing your music for you, you'll have to " conduct " your music in the concert setting. Basically you'll experience what " I " do!

*** this workshop is sponsored by jazz89 KUVO/KVJZ, the Gift of Jazz and Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

Dec. 13, 2009Composition Class with Chie Imaizumi

This BEGINNER - LEVEL class will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of jazz composition and arranging. Each student will develop the skills necessary to compose an original composition and arrange a jazz standard.

To reserve your spot, email contact@thousandpictures.org

Where : Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge
930 Lincoln St, Denver, CO
When : Jan 16, 23, 30. Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Saturdays 10:30am - 11:50am
Maximum Class Size : 25 students
Ages : 18+
Fee $50.00

*** this workshop is sponsored by the Gift of Jazz and Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

Dec. 10, 2009jazz89 KUVO / Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes for the Week of December 10, 2009

Born in Japan, Imaizumi now resides in Denver and she is something else. Her music (as well as the way she conducts it) simply makes your heart want to sing. Her small, big band is filled with strong players and is on stage Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. ($15).

It’s the last chance you have to hear her perform in town before she takes off for her recording trip to New York. For that adventure, she has a band that includes a host of mighty players from trumpeters Randy Brecker and Terell Stafford to bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. They want to play her music and who can blame them.

Nov. 13, 2009Paul Romaine and the CSU Chico Jazz Xpress play the music of Ms. Chie Imaizumi

click on the link!

Sep. 24, 20099.11 Event Pictures from the Metropolitan State College

click on the link!

Sep. 23, 2009Rehearsal pictures taken by Ned Radinsky

click on the link to see pictures from the rehearsal with USAFA Falconaires in Colorado Springs, CO

Sep. 11, 2009Listen to jazz89 KUVO on Friday morning!

Radio Interview with Susan Gatschet-Reese, and Master Sergeant Scott Crump. We'll go on air around 10:20am!

Sep. 10, 2009jazz89 KUVO / Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes for the Week of September 10, 2009

http://www.kuvo.org/index.php?s=47

Sep. 07, 2009Watch ABC 7NEWS on Tue Sept 8th!!!

Chie will go on air between 11am and Noon

Sep. 01, 2009Colorado Higher Ed News

http://coloradohigherednews.com/Pages/Articles.php?id=2373

Aug. 31, 2009listen to jazz89 KUVO!

Chie just recorded a PSA for the 9/11 concert. You'll hear the recording of Mr. Victor Cooper and Chie announcing the event here and there on jazz89 KUVO, one of the best jazz radio stations in the world!

Aug. 28, 2009featured article on " 5280 Magazine " September Issue

Page 26 - FULL page! check it out!!!

Aug. 26, 2009Metro State News

Remembering loss, reflecting on hope theme of upcoming concert
http://www.mscd.edu/~collcom/artman/publish/falconaires_twv7082609.shtml



Aug. 12, 2009Interview with the Rocky Mountain Independent

GREAT article By Bill Gallo, Photo by Marilyn Marsh. " Music bridges distance for Japanese jazz composer "

... when Imaizumi sits down at the keyboard to compose, she often finds herself crying.
“Really crying," she said. “Because for me, music is everything. It is the way I can connect with people. It is everything. Without music, I cannot live.

Aug. 06, 2009jazz89 KUVO / Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes for the Week of Aug 6th 2009

Chie Imaizumi is back from a trip to Japan and pays her monthly visit to Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on Sunday at 7 p.m. ($12, 303-839-5100). Imaizumi’s music is magical and her small big band is always a treat.

Two members of that band, trombonist Scott Crump and saxophonist Ricky Sweum, are also part the U.S. Air Force Academy Band’s the Falconaires.
And on Sept. 11, the Falconaires will be in Denver, with Imaizumi as the big band’s special guest, for a free concert on 9th St. Park on the Auraria campus. The 7 p.m. outdoor event, organized by Metro State College, is called Sharing the Freedom: A Concert of Remembrance and Hope after a composition the Falconaires commissioned from Imaizumi that they premiered together at the Monterey Jazz Festival. While there is seating, you can also bring a blanket and chairs.

Jul. 17, 20095280 Magazine

5280 Magazine is doing a featured article on Chie for their September issue. Thanks to Norman Provizer once again ; )
Photo shoot with their photographer Claudia Lopez this sunday

Jun. 17, 2009DIZZY GILLESPIE™ ALL-STAR BIG BAND: HALF NOTE RECORDS CD RELEASE FOR "I'M BEBOPPIN' TOO"

The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will release a brand new CD on Half Note Records titled "I'm BeBoppin' Too" on June 30, 2009. I transcribed a portion of " Tin Tin Deo" for them. Its a great CD and MUST buy!

Jun. 03, 2009Chie Imaizumi Jazz Orchestra is on the 2009 Westword Music Showcase Ballot again! ( 2 consecutive years )

the 2009 Showcase ballot was formulated with the input of a cast of local luminaries who are actively involved in all facets of the scene.




Apr. 28, 2009ISC announced the 2008 Winners

My piece "Adversity" has won Second Place in the "Jazz" category in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)!


Apr. 22, 2009DownBeat Magazine May 2009 Issue


Check out DownBeat Magazine May 2009 Issue that contains a piece on Chie!
page 28 & 91
Cover : Diana Krall

Apr. 16, 2009Ninth+Lincoln Orchestra performs the music of Imaizumi's advanced composition students!

This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for my students to have their music played by a professional big band. Please come by and support these young talented composers. I am SO proud of them!

from KUVO Reviews and Interviews Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes
on Tuesday at 7 p.m., there’s another special event taking place at the Denver School of the Arts Concert Hall, 7111 Montview Blvd.
Composer/conductor Chie Imaizumi teaches at the DSA; and, on Tuesday, the Ninth + Lincoln Orchestra led by composer Tyler Gilmore performs the music of Imaizumi’s advanced composition students. The DSA Jazz Workshop Orchestra also plays on this night that showcases young talent in exactly the right way ($10/$5 students and seniors). The evening is presented by the Gift of Jazz.


Mar. 13, 2009Commission by Jeff Hamilton


This past week, Chie was in Fresno, California for the official premiere of “A Time of New Beginnings" – a big-band work commissioned from her by drummer Jeff Hamilton.

Mar. 12, 2009jazz89KUVO welcomes Jazz Columnist Norman Provisor

from kuvo.org

The recent departure of the Rocky Mountain News won't leave jazz fans in the dark - in fact, former Rocky jazz columnist Norman Provizer has generously agreed to continue writing his "Jazz Notes" feature, to be posted on kuvo.org. Norman's Jazz Notes will be updated every Thursday with new live jazz listings in Denver on the 'KUVO Reviews' section of our website, and of course Norman will continue visiting with Susan Gatschet Reese every Thursday morning at 9:40. We're excited to have one of the city's best jazz writers on our team - please visit frequently to keep abreast of the latest jazz happenings in Denver...

Feb. 27, 2009The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2008 finalists today. "Adversity" that Chie entered in Jazz has been selected as a finalist!


With only 287 finalists chosen out of over 15,500 entries from almost 100 countries.
They will be announcing the winners in April.

Jan. 13, 2009Coockin' with the CCJA

BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts(CCJA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support, preservation, and growth of jazz as an art form.

The book has photos throughout, and 37 delicious, unique food recipes from local jazz musicians and members of the Denver jazz community.
As a special addition, they also have such words of wisdom from internationally acclaimed musicians, just for this book, such as Lewis Nash, Arturo Sandoval, John Clayton, Maria Schneider, Michel Camilo, Gordon Goodwin, Patti Austin, Sean Jones, Tom Harrell, and more. These recipes for success are truly inspiring!

Serving up Success : Chie Imaizumi Composer

Don't listen too much to what others tell you.
Believe in yourself, your gut feeling and
keep doing what you do best.

Dec. 16, 2008New Commission


I'm writing a new featured big band piece for one of the greatest drummer in the world,
Mr. Jeff Hamilton. It will be premiered on March 7th 2009.

Dec. 05, 2008Penguin Guide Review ***1/2 Stars(out of 4 stars)

Make a reputation as a pianist/organist in her native Japan but has more recently turned to arranging, encouraged by her friend Greg Gisbert.

***(*) Unfailing Kindness Capri 74081

Is she the new Toshiko Akiyoshi? They’re pretty different as musical personalities, but the comparison is bound to stick, given chie’s background. It’s not clear whether she intends to give up performing in favour of composition and arrangement, but it’s a pity that we don’t even get a flavour of her keyboard work on this superb Western debut. All the charts are originals and they range widely from the buoyant, Carribbean-tinged “ A Change for the Better", to the funcky “ The More The Merrier", to the breezy strut of “ Round and Round" and the rhythmic subtley to the title-track. There's a strong autobiographical streak to these charts, with the long “ Adversity" seeming to make a clear personal statement, while “ Lonely…", the solitary ballad and arguably the weakest cut, is inspired by the rigours of touring. Soft-centred through the latter track and the closing vocal “Another Day" are, they do also suggeswt a musician who is going to mature quickly and find ways of marrying technique – which she has by the bucket – to a more expressive idiom.

Nov. 28, 2008The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings : Ninth Edition



from Rocky Mountain News, Norman Provizer

But despite the number of larger jazz ensembles in town, the only one noted in the newly published ninth edition of the essential Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings by Brian Morton and the late Richard Cook (now a hefty 1,646 pages) is Chie Imaizumi's small big band. Its inaugural CD on Capri Records, titled Unfailing Kindness, receives high praise.


*** The new Penguin Guide to Jazz will be released on December 2, 2008!

Nov. 08, 2008Consulate General of Japan's Website


The essay I wrote for the Consul-General of Japan Mr. Kazuaki Kubo is on their website now.
It's about Falconaires, Monterey Jazz Fest, and myself.
Japanese only... sorry I haven't translated to English yet...

Oct. 04, 2008Video from the Monterey Jazz Festival 2008 - Commission Premiere!



" Sharing the Freedom "

Commissioned by the USAF Academy Band's Falconaires,
Received its world premiere at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Night Club/Bill Berry Stage,
performed by the Falconaires, conducted by Chie Imaizumi on September 20th, 2008.

featured soloists - Technical Sergeant Jason Crowe on Bass
& Technical Sergeant Ricky Sweum on Tenor Saxophone


Please think about it. We have history.
I believe the world is healing. Don't you think Music is so beautiful and powerful? : )

Sep. 06, 2008Commission by the U.S.Air Force Academy Band’s "Falconaires"

Early this summer, I was asked by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band's "Falconaires" if I'm interested in writing a commission piece for the Monterey Jazz Festival 2008. I said yes of course!

I spent whole summer thinking about this piece.
When I realized how deep this commission can be, I realized again that how powerful music is.
Music is so powerful and beautiful.
I finished writing this piece the end of August,
and I went to the Air Force base yesterday to rehearse.
The title is " Sharing the Freedom"

As a result, I will be conducting the U.S. Air Force Academy Band's "Falconaires" at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Night Club/Bill Berry Stage. We will premiere this piece " Sharing the Freedom" together.

Cheers to the music!

Aug. 08, 2008Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2008

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Features Intriguing Colorado Musicians Otis Taylor, Eufórquestra, and Chie Imaizumi Orchestra

PRESS

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Bohemian Nights, LLC is proud to present its 2008 lineup of nearly 60 Colorado artists, on five music stages, in historic Downtown, Fort Collins this August. Fort Collins’ birthday is celebrated each year with Northern Colorado’s largest community festival, Bohemian Nights at the 20th Annual NewWestFest, August 15-17, 2008. This year’s lineup includes seven Colorado bands who are agency signed artists making their mark on the national music scene. A few of the many intriguing Colorado artists coming to this year’s festival are Otis Taylor, Eufórquestra and Chie Imaizumi Orchestra.


Receiving a number of awards and recognition in the past year, Chie Imaizumi Orchestra ( Pronounced "Chee-ay Ee-my-zu-me" ) new CD “Unfailing Kindness" appeared in five categories on the ballot for the 50th Grammy Awards. A native of Japan, composer/arranger/conductor Chie Imaizumi was named the 2007 Rocky Mountain Jazz “Artist of the Year" and “Rising Star Composer" by DownBeat Magazine, one of the most popular Jazz publications in print. Among her other accomplishments includes a commission by the Consulate General of Japan at Denver to arrange two famous Japanese traditional sounds, “Aka Tombo" and “Usagi to Kame". Assembling an all-star, large ensemble to play intricate and uplifting music, each of Imaizumi’s compositions presents a musical narrative that reflects a different mood or style and chronicles various experiences in Imaizumi’s life, taking listeners on a musical journey.

Jul. 23, 2008New Project

I'm writing a commission piece for the U.S Airforce Band's "Falconairs".
featured soloist will be TSgt Ricky Sweum on saxophone, and TSgt Jason Crowe on bass.

It will receive its world premiere at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Night Club/Bill Berry Stage by the Falconaires on September 20th, 2008.


May. 25, 2008Commission for the JWO/Denver School of the Arts 2008

I've been a Guest Composer/Arranger/Artist in Residence at the Denver School of the Arts from August 2007 to May 2008. Early this year, the Director of Bands Department Mr. Dave Hammond commissioned me to write a piece for DSA Jazz Workshop Orchestra which received its premier on May 1st 2008 at the DSA Concert Hall.

My main inspirations were...
* It was a transition period for everybody at that time of year, some students are graduating and moving into their new life journey.
* Their smiles, those pure smiles are very special to me, inspire me, and deeply touch my heart every time I see that even though they are making fun of me : )

so... I wanted to write a piece which sound like a " Graduation Song ",
and can make students, their family and audiences smile .
The piece is classical music oriented.
The first part is baroque music oriented.
Stuednts wanted to play some funky stuff so I put a little bit of that in too...
In the end, everybody sing, dance, go crazy, and have fun haha : )

We also had an honor to play this piece at the beautiful "Ellie Caulkins Opera House" during DSA Graduation Ceremony on May 22 2008.

I'd like to thank Mr. Dave Hammond, the Denver Shool of the Arts, wonderful students and their family!
Congurats to the Graduats and keep shining!


Chie Imaizumi

May. 02, 2008Chie Imaizumi Jazz Orchestra is on the Westword Music Showcase Ballot this year

As in years past, fifty of Denver's acts have been nominated as the town's best by a committee of music enthusiasts and experts.

Jazz Category's Nominees ( they are all my friends yay! )
* 9th and Loncoln Orchestra
* Pat Bianchi
* Chie Imaizumi Jazz Orchestra
* Greg Harris Vibe Quintet
* Rene Marie

Mar. 03, 2008CBS4 aired the story on Chie!

CBS 4 and CBS4 Critic-at-Large Mr. Greg Moody aired the story on me and our sound. Check this out!

http://cbs4denver.com/moodypicks

P.S: If you can't find the video, just search my name Chie Imaizumi

Feb. 11, 2008New Pictures!

We had a wonderful concert at the King Center Concert Hall on Jan 31st.

I'd like to thank again for all the sponsors whom made this event extremely successful!
Consulate General of Japan at Denver
especially Mr. Kazuaki Kubo(Consul General),
Mr. Fumiyoshi Kashima(Deputy Consul General),
Ms. Yayoi Shaw(Cultural Program Coordinator)
Dr.Norman Provizer,
Metro State Music Department,
Golda Meir Center,
Metro State Student Activities,
Japanese Association of Colorado,
Japan America Society of Colorado.



Here is the link to the pictures taken by Ned Radinsky(Rockymountainjazz.com)

http://rockymountainjazz.com/photos.html

I wear the Kimono Dress which was made out of my mom's Furisode Kimono. Thanks Mom!!!
The age of majority in Japan is 20. Seijin shiki is the Japanese coming-of-age ceremony.Government officials give speeches, and small presents are handed out to the new adults.Many women celebrate this day by wearing a kimono with furisode(long sleeves that drape down). Men sometimes also wear traditional dress (dark kimono with hakama).

so... this Kimono itself is 30 something years old!(my mom told me not to mention the exact year ...)

Dec. 27, 2007THE 2007 Rocky Mountain Jazz ARTIST OF THE YEAR! YES!

I'm very pleased and honored to announce that I was selected
" The 2007 Rocky Mountain Jazz Artist of the Year"
http://www.rockymountainjazz.com/2007/12/rmj-artist-of-year.html

wow! I'm so flattered and thank you so much for all your support.
I'd like to thank Ned Radinsky and Peter Poses from rockymountainjazz.com
We have big shows coming up next year. I hope to see you all at one of our concert!

Yoi Otoshi wo everyone!

Chie

Jul. 22, 2007DownBeat Critics Poll recognized Chie as a "Rising Star Composer"!

Dear Friends,

I'm very pleased and honored to announce that I made " Rising Star Composer" list on Downbeat Critics Poll this year! I'm so flattered and I'd like to thank you for all your support!
Also two musicians that played on my recording also received recognition. Ron Miles (Rising Trumpet Star) and Gary Smulyan won the Baritone Saxophone Category! Congratulations!!!

If you have heard our music and enjoyed the experience and would like to offer your support, please participate in the " Downbeat Reader's Poll"

DownBeat Reader's Poll - vote! (Online voting ends Aug.31, 2007)
http://66.179.50.166/s.aspx?sm=5PEnnkSCAXuKdQ4N7uWh5A%3d%3d


Composer - Chie Imaizumi
Album - Unfailing Kindness
Record Label - CAPRI RECORDS


Greg Gisbert & Ron Miles (Trumpet)
John Gunther ( Soprano Saxophone/ Alto Saxophone / Flute)
Peter Sommer ( Tenor Saxophone/Soprano Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet)
Alex Heitlinger (Trombone)
Gary Smulyan(Baritone Saxophone)

Mike Abbott(Guitar)
Jeff Jenkins(Piano)
Mark Simon(Bass)
Paul Romaine(Drums)
Manavihare "Mimy" Fiaindratovo (Percussion)
Jeremy Ragsdale( Voice)

Thank you again soo much for all your support!!!


Love,

Chie

Apr. 21, 2007Chie's CD debuts at # 45 on Roots Music Report Jazz Chart - The #1 Independent, International Music Chart in the World


Another great news! yay!
Chie's CD debuts at # 45 on Roots Music Report Jazz Chart - The #1 Independent, International Music Chart in the World

Chart position is based on weekly airplay reports from station and DJ members.

What an honor! Thank you so much for all your support.

Love,

Chie Imaizumi

Apr. 16, 2007Chie Featured on Nationally Syndicated Radio Program" Listen Here!"


Episode #13 - Hosted By Mark Ruffin & Neil Tesser.


Segment #2: Discussion - Great Women of the Jazz Future
Following last week's salute to women of the past, Neil and Mark present four young instrumentalists, arrangers, composers, and bandleaders that they are confident will be producing important and beautiful music for years to come.

http://listenhereradio.com/shows/e13.html

You can always go to www.caprirecords.com to get the CD!
Thank you so much for all your support.

SMILE !

Chie Imaizumi

Apr. 10, 200710th consecutive weeks! CMJ Jazz Top-40 Chart

My new CD "Unfailing Kindness" makes now 10th consecutive weeks
on CMJ Top-40 chart. yay!

You can always go to www.caprirecords.com to get the CD!
Thank you so much for all your support.

Stay Happy everybody!

Chie Imaizumi

Apr. 02, 2007TV Kumagaya starting 10am April 5th 2007 Japan time

This is totally my dream come true. What an honor!

'TV Kumagaya' is the local TV station in my hometown Kumagaya city, Saitama, Japan.

They will start playing my new CD 'Unfailing Kindness' as a background music for their news programs etc, starting on April 5th, 2007 10am.
They will play "Unfailing Kindness" everyday 10am, 6pm, and 10pm until the end of September. 10 minutes each.
The program is called " Telekuma Weekly - Raisyu no Event Jyouhou"
They will also use my music for their different programs here and there!

"Unfailing Kindness" is a dedication to my family and especially for my parents who have always been there for me. I grow up in Kumagaya city and this whole TV Kumagaya thing is totally one of my dream come true! yay!
Thank you so much TV Kumagaya and Mr. Tsukagoshi. I LOVE KUMAGAYA!


Chie Imaizumi

Feb. 20, 2007Debuts at #43 on JazzWeek Top-50 Chart!

Greetings!

I have great news I'd like to share with you!

My debuts CD "Unfailing Kindness" has been added to Music Choice's JazzChannel,
and will get up full speed starting on Feb 21st, 2007!

Up 10 positions this week to No. 11 on CMJ chart,
debut No.43 on JazzWeek top 50 chart.
Downbeat review is scheduled on May.

You can always get our CD "Unfailing Kindness" through www.caprirecords.com
or go to your favorite distribution site!

I know some people are asking me when we'll start touring...
Well, we've been working on it so stay tune! Thank you all for your patient!

Thank you so much for all your support and love!
Have a beautiful day!!!!!

Smile:)

Chie

Jan. 23, 2007Brand New CD Released!

Greetings!

I'm very honored to share this exciting news with you!
Our new CD "Unfailing Kindness" is now officially released TODAY on Capri Records.
http://www.caprirecords.com


This CD features my original compositions and is produced by world-renowned trumpet recording artist Greg Gisbert, featuring....

Ron Miles, John Gunther, Peter Sommer, Gary Smulyan, Alex Heitlinger, Mike Abbott, Jeff Jenkins, Mark Simon, Paul Romaine, Mimy, Jeremy Ragsdale, as well as Greg Gisbert.

Recorded and mixed in the Mile High Music, Wheat Ridge, CO,
Mastered by Grammy-Award winning engineer David Glasser from Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
Also available online through iTunes, Amazon etc


I invite you to please visit www.thousandpictures.org
You can listen to clips of the CDs as well as view sample Scores & Parts.
Full scores & Parts available by contacting me!


I'm filled with so many different emotions right now.
I moved to United States in June 2001 from Japan, there was much Adversity along the way.
Today one of my dreams came true. I am finally standing the starting line.

Very special thanks to my family, friends, teachers, musicians, musical heros, and listeners who have inspired me so much.

I hope you enjoy our music and hope to see you all soon!
I wish you all Many Happy Days Ahead!

Sincerely,


Chie Imaizumi