The Philadelphia Enquirer

A West Philly Jazz Composer Goes Under The Surface Looking For Her Roots

The Philadelphia Enquirer
November 8, 2023
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Fresh Air with Terry Gross
December 2, 1986

Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz
September 12, 1991

149 Sessions with Jen Allen & Noah Baerman

149 Sessions
Season 2, Ep 5: Conversation With Sumi Tonooka
October 7, 2021

The balance of career and family, the phases of life, the impact of geography on artistic process, race in America, and formation of identity as an artist and human.

Read Write & Create with Lori L. Tharps

My American Melting Pot with Lori L. Tharps
Ep 5: Behind the Music with Sumi Tonooka
January 18, 2019

Jazz Inside magazine

Jazz Inside Magazine with Eric Nemeyer
July 2011

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The Art Of Being True: M³ Anthology Of Writings
April 12, 2021

An Essay by Sumi: Remembering Philly Joe
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Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest – KNKX Public Radio
October 28, 2012

Indiedotes podcast

Indiedotes with Suzan Bond
Ep 13: Sumi Tonooka
September 25, 2017

The creative process, creating productive routines and how constraints can distill and be beneficial. Sumi also shares Miles Davis’ advice to John Coltrane on how to know when to stop in the creative process.