Sumi Tonooka (pronounced To-NO-ka) has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid).
During a career spanning more than 30 years that has taken her from bases in Philadelphia & Boston, to New York & Seattle, Tonooka has been developing a body of work that surprises and delights audiences - quietly piling up accolades from jazz writers and fellow musicians.
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Congratulations! Your CD - Long Ago Today - has been voted
as one of Jazz Improv NY Magazine’s Top Jazz CDs of 2008.
- Eric Nemeyer (Publisher), Jazz Improv Magazine
Her best to date, and a highly recommended recording, it
seems Tonooka is still tapping potential while refining her
search techniques on this very satisfying and enjoyable
- Michael G. Nastos, **** 4 STARS - All Music Guide
Tonooka's music is beautifully conceived and enthralling; a
constant joy that will hopefully be followed up more often.
- Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz