Yoko Suzuki is an alto saxophonist, a composer and scholar working in Pittsburgh and New York City. She started to take classical piano lessons at the age of six and continued on until graduating from high school. Throughout middle school and high school, she also played the trumpet in the school brass bands. She finally switched the alto saxophone upon joining a jazz ensemble at Osaka University in Japan, teaching herself jazz theory, improvisation and repertoire. After working as a musician in Osaka Japan and New York City, she moved to Pittsburgh in 2006. She received her MA in musicology at Rugers University in 2005 and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Currently, she teaches jazz history, jazz arranging, and jazz ensemble at the University of Pittsburgh.