Two award-winning female Japanese jazz composers, Asuka Kakitani and Noriko Ueda, have joined forces to form Sakura Jazz Orchestra. Named for Japan’s most iconic flower, the cherry blossom, Sakura Jazz Orchestra celebrates the two women’s similar histories and their unique voices in modern jazz composition.
Asuka Kakitani and Noriko Ueda are two of the best of the newest generation of jazz composers.
Each has her own, distinct voice. The combination of the two should be musical dynamite! I highly
recommend hearing them, especially now that they have their own band.
-Jim McNeely (composer/arranger/pianist for Village Vanguard Orchestra, director of BMI Jazz Workshop)