Noriko Ueda  bassist/composer/arranger

Noriko Ueda is originally from Hyogo, Japan. Her interest in music began early in her life, studying classical piano at the age of 4. At 16, she began playing the electric bass. At age 18,  she began her career with the upright bass.
Noriko was the B.E.S.T. scholarship recipient for the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she majored in Jazz Composition, graduating in 1997. She then relocated to NY.

Noriko has performed at many historical jazz venues include “Carnegie Hall", “Blue Note NY", “Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola", “Kennedy Center", “Birdland" and “Small’s". She also performed, toured and recorded with various groups including the legendary “Frank Wess Quintet" and his Nonet, “Ted Rosenthal Trio",  “Sherrie Maricle and The DIVA Jazz Orchestra", “Five Play", “Grady Tate Band", “Harry Whitaker Band", Marion Cowings, Makoto Ozone and Terumasa Hino.

Performed at Blue Note NY several times with her leading band, Noriko Ueda Trio, Quartet and her big band “Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra", also as a featured artist. (2002 - 2018)
Europe tour with “Woman to Woman" (renamed as “Artemis") leaded by Renee Rosnes. (2017)
Her first leader Trio album “DEBUT" features Ted Rosenthal (piano) and Quincy Davis (drums) has released from the Japanese record company “Terashima Records". (2015)
Member of “Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra" also “Five Play" over 15 years, performed for many projects including the collaboration with Johnny Mandel (2010), and recording the music track for Macy’s July 4th fire works event which was broadcast on CBS, included a big band piece she arranged (2014).
Touring Japan with Ted Rosenthal Trio 11 consecutive years(2006 - 2017), and his CD “Out of this World" which reached #1 on the national jazz radio charts. (2011)
Featured on Japanese documentary TV show called “ Gutto Chikyu-bin" which introduced the life as a jazz musician in NYC. (2009)
The winner of the third annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz composition Prize for her original big band piece "Castle in the North". (2002)

~ she totally rocked the band with her huge, rich, and clear swinging sound.  Her ensemble playing and solos were outstanding throughout the entire performance.  She also has very creative composition and orchestration skills for small and large ensemble. Noriko Ueda stands tall as a contemporary world class musician in my book!
-Rufus Reid, Jazz Bassist/Composer