Yoko Noge, a transplant from Osaka, Japan, moved to Chicago in 1984 to pursue her interest in blues music. She has been chosen as “Chicagoan of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune and as one of “100 Japanese People the World Respects” by Newsweek Japan.
In 2014, she was awarded the Foreign Minister of Japan’s commendation for “promotion of understanding between Japan and the U.S.A.”
Yoko’s band, the Jazz Me Blues, formed in 1987, melds an incredible mix of Chicago Blues, jazz, Japanese music and Yoko’s compositions. The band, composed of Yoko and five legendary Chicago musicians, has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the Asian American Jazz Festival. She tours in Europe and Japan regularly.