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Noriko Ueda

Noriko Ueda is originally from Hyogo, Japan. Her musical background consists of studying classical piano since the age of 4, playing electric bass since the age of 16, studying classical voice at the Osaka College of Music where she received a diploma, and at age 19, learning the double bass, which is currently her main instrument. Noriko was a B.E.S.T. scholarship recipient and majored in Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she graduated in 1997, relocated to Brooklyn, New York in 1998. Noriko Currently performs and tours with various groups including the legendary singer Grady Tate Quintet, Ted Rosenthal Trio, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, DIVA Jazz Trio, Five Play and she also leads her own big band “ Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra”. Some of the venues that she has appeared include Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Apollo Theatre, Blue Note, Dizzy's Coca Cola and Birdland. She has also performed with Frank Wess, Kenny Barron, Victor Lewis, Gary Bartz, Nancy Wilson, Roy Haynes, Joe Chambers, Steve Nelson, Junior Mance, Larry Willis, Lew Tabackin, Gregory Hutchinson and many others. Noriko is the winner of the third annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz composition Prize for her original big band piece "Castle in the North" (2002).


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases By Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti, Birthday Shoutouts To Shirley Scott, Jessica Williams & More

Read "New Releases By Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti, Birthday Shoutouts To Shirley Scott, Jessica Williams & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Lauren White, Cliff Beach, Marta Karassawa, Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti and Jane Scheckter, with birthday shoutouts to Noriko Ueda, Shirley Scott, Nicole Henry, Jane Irving, Mark Murphy, Giorgia Hannoush, Jessica Williams, Bobby McFerrin and Marilyn Harris, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing ...


Article: Live Review

Artemis at Finney Chapel

Read "Artemis at Finney Chapel" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Artemis Finney Chapel Artist Recital Series Oberlin, OH March 13, 2024 Much like society in general, women in the jazz arena have historically had a hard road to travel in a space that is clearly dominated by males. In recent years, the pendulum has thankfully shifted towards acknowledging the talents ...


"30": Live at Dizzy's Club

Label: Diva Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Something’s Coming; In a Mellow Tone; Here’s to Life; I’m Gonna Go Fishin’; Every Day I Have the Blues; I Feel Pretty; Three Sisters and a Cousin; A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (The Object of My Affection/How High the Moon/A Tisket, a Tasket/Oh, Lady Be Good); Inka Dinka Doo; Airmail Special.


Article: Album Review

Artemis: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

For drummer Allison Miller, a key feature of In Real Time is that this second Blue Note release captures the unique ensemble sound of Artemis. She stresses a palpable sonic integrity that she attributes to trust and chemistry. Renee Rosnes emphasizes the singularity of each player in the equation, underscoring “a striking juxtaposition between the stylistic ...


Article: Album Review

Artemis: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Artemis double down on their fiery yet regal 2020 self-titled, Blue Note debut with a punchy, calligraphic flare (thanks in part to their younger contemporaries, in demand multi-reedist Alexa Tarantino and hellfire saxophonist Nicole Glover), catch fire, and watch it spread. An early, sure-fire contender for the tops-of-twenty-three list barrage, In Real Time is ...


Swings Broadway

Label: Diva Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heart; Pure Imagination; The Man I Love; With Every Breath I Take; The Sound of Music; Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’; Seventy-Six Trombones; Love Who You Love; Get Me to the Church on Time.


Article: Album Review

Renee Rosnes: Kinds of Love

Read "Kinds of Love" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Still riding high on the energy generated by her superwoman jazz group Artemis—Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda and Allison Miller— pianist Renee Rosnes, undaunted by the string of world crises but just as ruminative as the rest of us, elicits some of the most emotive and enthralling music of her career on Kinds ...


Article: In Pictures

2021 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "2021 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde

We didn't think it would happen but after a year of Covid lockdowns live jazz returned to Saratoga Springs New York. Celebrating it's 44th anniversary over the June 26th weekend, the 2021 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center had a small but strong lineup with a wide range of music. Saturday's performances ...


Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 26-27, 2021 The possibility of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival returning this year was shaky in the spring months of 2021. COVID was showing signs of remission, but troubles still lingered. Both Danny Melnick, president of Absolutely Live ...


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