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.