Fumi Tomita > Jazz Bass
A hard swinging bassist with a driving beat, Fumi Tomita has been consistently entertaining audiences with his music. His first CD, Impromptu, a collaboration with pianist Lou Rainone and drummer Robert Weiss has just been released. Featuring an array of jazz standards, the trio swings from the first downbeat. Click here for more information.
As a sideman in New York city, Fumi has played at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Gracie Mansion, The Up Over Jazz Café, The 55 Bar, Cleopatra’s Needle, the Garage as well as Cecils and Trumpets in New Jersey. He was the bassist on the national tour of the Nat King Cole tribute, Unforgettable. Festival appearances include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, the Henry Mancini Institute, and the Banff International Workshop in Jazz. He has worked with Joe Lovano, Joey Baron, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Vincent Herring, Anthony Wonsey, EJ Strickland, Jeremy Pelt, Ron Affif, Eric Lewis, Arthur O’Farrill, Jon-Erik Kellso, Chris Flory, Rich Perry, Randy Porter, Dan Faehnle, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Jim McNeely, Turtle Island String Quartet, Robert Locke, Lynn Loosier, Carrie Jackson, Hye Seon Hong Big Band, Matt Panayides, Premik and the Lightrunners, Russ Spiegel and Joan Crowe.
In addition to his work as a sideman and with Impromptu, Fumi began to find his own voice as a composer and led a number of his own gigs at the Garage, Miles Cafe/Somethin’, and Tomi Jazz. His compositions are featured on an upcoming CD, Untold.
A native New Yorker, Fumi has studied bass at McGill University and the Manhattan School of Music. Before moving back to New York, Fumi has also lived and played in Montreal and Portland, OR. He has studied bass with Eric Lagace, Michel Donato, Larry Ridley, and Jay Anderson.
After residing in New York for many years, he has recently relocated to Rochester, NY where he is working on his doctorate in Jazz studies at the Eastman School of Music.