Bassist, composer, and educator Fumi Tomita was active in the New York jazz scene for over fifteen years. Jazziz nominated his album The Elephant Vanishes: Jazz Interpretations of the Short Stories of Haruki Murakami as one of the top jazz records of 2019. His newest recording Celebrating Bird: A Tribute to Charlie Parker was released in September 2020 by Next Level Music. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Working collaboratively with Northampton Open Media and The Parlor Room, the Northampton Jazz Festival will produce four jazz performances of local and regional musicians that will stream over Facebook, YouTube, Channel 12 in Northampton and other online channels free each Tuesday in April at 7:30 PM. Ensembles will include the Eugene Uman Trio, led by Eugene Uman, director of the Vermont Jazz Center; the Jacob Smith Trio, a highly talented family ensemble led by drummer Jacob Smith; the Fumi Tomita Trio, led by bass player and professor of Music at UMass Amherst Fumi Tomito; and the Carolyn Dufraine Trio, which will play a mixture of traditional and Gypsy jazz with Carolyn Dufraine leading on sax.