photo credit: Eric Lang
Bassist Noriko Ueda was born in Osaka, Japan and studied classical voice at the Osaka College of Music, before arriving in Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. After graduating from Berklee in 1997 with a degree in Jazz Composition, she relocated to New York City. In 2002, she won the 3rd Annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize for her big band piece, Castle in the North. Ueda has toured and performed in the bands of the late masters Frank Wess and Grady Tate, with vocalists Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, trumpeter Terumasa Hino, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, drummer Joe Chambers and star pianist Makoto Ozone. She is an 11-year member of the Ted Rosenthal Trio whose CD, Out of this World, reached #1 on the national jazz radio charts. Ueda was featured on the soundtrack of the PBS short film, Times Square Transfer, and the documentary, Jamming, directed by John Kao. The Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra performs the leader’s original arrangements and compositions and Ueda’s first album as a leader, DEBUT featuring pianist Ted Rosenthal and drummer Quincy Davis, was released in 2015.