Welcome to website of jazz bassist and educator Fumi Tomita

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site.  You can learn about me, my music, my teaching, and my research.  I am currently the  Assistant Professor of Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The Shape of Bass to Come: ISB Presentation with Dr. Robert Sabin on June 10th at 2pm

International Society of Bassists Virtual Conference happens June 8-12.  I'm presenting with Dr. Robert Sabin and my portion features analysis of Haden's performance on "Ramblin'".  Once registered our video is available for viewing.  The question and answer session happens on Thursday June 10 at 2pm.  

Click on the picture below for more information.  Click HERE for my other work on Charlie Haden.

Clinic at the Jazz Education Network, January 7, 2021

Clinic @ Jazz Education Network

Jazz rhythm section 101

Great organization with lots of great clinics, presentations, and performances.  Enter promo code 'tomita' for a $10 discount on registration.

Northampton Jazz Festival, etc.


April 20, 2021


Hi folks!  I can't keep up here!  Lots of stuff going on.  I was recently featured on Northampton Jazz Festival's Up Jumped Spring Jazz Series.  Link on the video page!  I'll be uploading a few UMASS Amherst video-recordings with Jazz Ensemble 1 that will be released around the end of the month.  I'm also presenting at the International Society of Bassists' conference in June and will present my work on Charlie Haden and Oscar Pettiford.

New album coming in August 2020

Fumi Tomita featuring David Detweiler

with Art Hirahara and Jimmy Macbride

Celebrating Bird: A tribute to Charlie Parker

Coming in August 2020 on Next Level Records!

Interviews from September 2020!

I was interviewed for a few podcasts:

Contrabass Conversations, episode 736, hosted by Jason Heath.
Great podcast by a great guy, check it out here

 OverHERE, the podcast by Outside In Music.
Thanks to Nick Finzer and Alan Blanchard, check it out here

New Album on Summit!


..and then they played...

April 2020 saw the release by a band I'm in called HGTS.  The album is "...and then they played..." and was released by Summit Records.  For more information, click "HGTS" under "Music" or just click here 

Upcoming Shows

Alas, all concerts are on hold during quarantine.