Sumi Tonooka's solo Earshot Festival concert on Jazz Northwest

Dec 16, 2012

Sumi Tonooka in concert at The Earshot Jazz Festival
Credit Daniel Sheehan

Pianist Sumi Tonooka was born in Philadelphia and is well-established as a pianist, composer and teacher in New York, but her roots are in the Seattle area. Her mother grew up on Bainbridge Island where she lived until at age 16, she and other Japanese-Americans were shipped to the Internment Camps of World War II.  Sumi Tonooka planned a visit last Summer to connect with her mother's early life on Bainbridge, and growing out of that visit she became a Seattle resident last Summer.

Sumi Tonooka played an enthusiastically received solo concert at The Chapel performance space as part of the Earshot Festival this Fall.  Her program included several of her original compositions, as well as standards and music by Mary Lou Williams, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.  An hour of highlights from that concert will air on Jazz Northwest, this Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific on 88-5, KPLU and

Sumi Tonooka has recorded and performed with trios and quartets including Rufus Reid, Akira Tana, Lewis Nash, John Blake, Craig Handy and others.  Her latest recording "Now" is a two CD solo concert recording on the ARC label.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 KPLU.  The program is also available as a podcast at after the broadcast.

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