• Nov 1 2019 | 9:00 pm

    The 24th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (Night One)

    This critically acclaimed annual event is an essential cornerstone for highlighting and documenting the significant role that Asian Americans and their collaborators have in contributing to the city's historic and vibrant musical landscape.  Come and celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (CAAJF)www.aajazz.org. The CAAJF features the finest in contemporary Asian American music. Curated by Asian Improv aRts Midwest, national and internationally acclaimed Asian American artists and their collaborators weave together their collective flair to create an improvisational experience.

Yoko Noge and Jazz Me Blues Band
Best of Yoko Noge Jazz Me Blues CD Release Performance
Yoko Noge is an inventive band leader/singer/pianist. Yoko’s band, the Jazz Me Blues melds an incredible mix of Chicago blues, jazz, Japanese music and Yoko’s compositions. From 1978 to 2010, the band performed at venues such as the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Asian American Jazz Festival. She tours in Europe and Japan regularly. She has been chosen as “Chicagoan of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune and “100 Japanese the world respect” by the Newsweek Japan. In 2014, Yoko was awarded the Foreign Minister of Japan’s commendation for “promotion of understanding between Japan and the U.S.A.


Yoko Noge brings the current iteration of the Jazz Me Blues Band together at the Elastic for the CD release performance of “The Best of Yoko Noge and Jazz Me Blues”, and celebrating the 24th Anniversary of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival. Featuring: Yoko Noge on piano/vocal, Bill McFarland (Trombone), Phillip Perkins (Trumpet), George Wells (Percussion/Vocal), William “Bugs” Cochran (Drums) and Tatsu Aoki (Bass).