Tomoka

Sax Player 野村友香

 Tomoka has performed for numerous music festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (2019), Cancun Jazz Festival in Mexico (2019), Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City FL (2019), the Catalina Jazz Trax festival (2017), and the Long Beach Jazz Festival (2017, 2019) to name a few. 
As a performer with Armed Forces Entertainment (1999-2010), Tomoka performed in over 40 countries for soldiers, ambassadors and other diplomats at U.S. embassies and military bases. Among the countries visited were Kuwait, Kosovo, Ecuador, Germany, Mozambique, and many more. In classical settings, Tomoka performed with the Buffalo (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra, Dortmund Symphony Orchestra (Germany), and Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra (New York) 

 Tomoka has performed extensively for the Young Audience Program and Lecture Series for students in Western New York. Her educational pursuits include performances and workshops in elementary schools in the Los Angeles Area for “Dream A World Education” led by Grammy Award winner Bunny Hull. She also has experience in musical theater, having been hired for pit orchestra and on-stage playing. Tomoka speaks fluent English and Japanese.

About Me

Originally from Gifu, Japan, Tomoka Nomura-Jarvis started to play Piano at age 6 and saxophone at age 17 and earned Masters in Music from the State University of New York at Buffalo in saxophone performance. 
She has appeared on ABC’s  "Jimmy Kimmel Live" with Fat Joe, Remy Ma and Ty Dalla $ign, appeared in a recently released music video by renowned Armenian singer Arman Hovhannisyan, and has toured in Japan and the United states with legendary Japanese blues singer Kenichi Mikawa (美川憲一).  She is a member of all female jazz group Jazz in Pink and all female sax quartet The Saxations.