Nori(Noriatsu) Naraoka was born in Sapporo, Japan. Having been awarded a substantial scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, Nori came to Boston to study jazz in the fall of1998. After two years of studying music at the university level, Nori decided that he needed a more first-hand experience than the classroom could offer him at the time. He resolved to immerse himself in the jazz culture by moving to the birthplace of Jazz New Orleans. Nori lives in Brooklyn New York now..
Nori is performing all over the country and world, from New York to Japan to Germany and beyond. Just a few of the outstanding music festivals that his touring has led him to include: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, The High Sierra Music Festival in California, The Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, The Heineken Jazz Festival in Spain, The Ueda Jazz Festival in Japan, The Ingolstadt Jazz Festival in Germany, The Bourbon Street Festival in Brazil.
Nori has performed and recorded with many top industry musicians including: Grammy music award winners such as Allen Toussaint, Nicholas Payton, Playing for Change and Engelbert Humperdinck. Also world acclaimed musicians such as Jon batiste(the late show with stephen colbert music director/Oscar award winner), Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli from The Meters, Vernon Reid from Living Color, Damian Kulash from Ok Go, Cyril, Ivan and Ian Neville from Neville Brothers, Kaoru Watanabe from Kodo, Yoshiaki Masuo, The Wild Magnolias, Oz Noy, DJ Logic, Marlon Jordan, Dave Malone from The Radiators, June Yamagishi, Russell Batiste Jr., Christian Scott, Donald Harrison Jr., Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, Papa Grows Funk, Kishi-Bashi, Kermit Rufﬁns, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Nicole Atkins, Bonerama, just to name few.
Nori made four albums as his own project, also recorded about 30 projects as a recording producer, and tons of projects as a recording engineer at his own recording studio in Brooklyn NY.
As a musician and music producer in constant demand, non-stop touting, performing, clinic and recording work continues to take him around the globe.
Nori Naraoka endorsed with world-renowned Guitar and Professional Audio equipment and Percussion company for his recording studio.
主な共演者に、Allen Toussaint, Nicholas Payton, George Clinton, Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli, Vernon Reid, Damian Kulash, Kaoru Watanabe, 増尾好秋, The Wild Magnolias, Oz Noy, DJ Logic, 山岸潤史, Jon Batiste, Russell Batiste Jr., Christian Scott, Donald Harrison Jr., Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, Papa Grows Funk, Kermit Ruffins, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Nicole Atkins, Bonerama, Kishi-Bashi, Playing for Change, Engelbert Humperdinckな ど。
日本では、２００５年にグラミー賞を受賞したグループ、Playing for Change playingforchange.com に参加し、[Cotton Fields]を収録、大和証券グループ daiwatv.jp のテレビCMに参加。