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Sumi Tonooka On Piano Jazz

Sumi Tonooka.
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Sumi Tonooka.

Pianist Sumi Tonooka is an incisive musician of great originality and imagination. She's toured with Art Blakey and teamed with tenor saxophonist Odean Pope and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In 2015, she was selected for a Music Alive: New Partnerships residency through New Music USA.

In this episode of Piano Jazz from 1992, Tonooka swings with easy grace while performing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and joins up with host Marian McPartland to show what jazz is all about with "Solar."

Originally broadcast in the spring of 1992.

Set List

  • "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (Arlen, Harburg)
  • "Waltz Boogie" (Williams)
  • "Lady Bird" (Damero)
  • "What's Your Story Morning Glory" (Lawrence, Webster, Williams)
  • "Solar" (Davis)
  • "Phantom Carousel" (Tonooka)
  • "Free Piece" (Tonooka, McPartland)
  • "Straight No Chaser" (Monk)
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