University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Big Band Festival 2018

February 24, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Noriko Ueda will be the featured artist and adjudicator at the 2018 Big Band Festival

Pitt’s Jazz Ensemble hosts the Annual Big Band Festival, bands from local middle and high schools along with ensembles from Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities. This year’s festival will feature adjudication by internationally acclaimed composer, conductor, and bassist Noriko Ueda. Ueda will give feedback to each of the performing ensembles, conduct the Pitt Jazz Ensemble in one of her own compositions, and perform with them as a soloist as well.

Schedule for the Pitt Big Band Festival 2018

9 a.m. – noon (20 minutes of prepared music and 15 minutes of adjudication)

Performances and Adjudication for

Falk Middle School Jazz Band

CAPA 6th Grade Band

CAPA Middle School Jazz Band

CAPA High School Jazz Band

1-4 p.m. (30 minutes of prepared music and 15 minutes of adjudication)

Duquesne University Jazz Ensemble 

Carnegie Mellon University Jazz Orchestra 

Pitt Jazz Ensemble

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 and at age 18, began her career with the upright bass. She 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, and relocated to NY. Ueda has performed at many historical jazz venues including Carnegie Hall, Blue Note NY, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Kennedy Center Jazz Club, Birdland, and Small’s. She has also toured and recorded with various groups including the legendary Frank Wess Quintet and his Nonet, Ted Rosenthal Trio, Grady Tate Band, Sherrie Maricle and DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Five Play, and the Harry Whitaker Band.

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