Supporting the Greater Philadelphia Jazz & Blues Community with Love

Jazz Bridge assists Jazz and Blues musicians living in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area who face financial, health, housing and similar crises.

A registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, Jazz Bridge also supports musicians by providing paid performance opportunities through our live neighborhood concerts and special event presentations. A community favorite for over 12 years, our concerts celebrate the Philadelphia Jazz & Blues tradition and build cultural awareness throughout the region.

Harmonizing Art and Life!

Pianist and composer Sumi Tonooka at the Cheltenham Arts Center. Sumi on piano, Richard Hill on bass and Nazir Ebo on drums. Let’s give a listen.

In the Spotlight

Sumi Tonooka’s compositions for orchestras, jazz ensembles, film, and dance are shaped by her more than forty years as a jazz performer and improviser.
With decades of experience on the piano, Tonooka approaches her compositional work with a jazz artist’s affinity for experimentation and an interest in fusing genres and cultural influences, including her own Japanese heritage. She has released twelve albums under her own name, composed four symphonies for orchestras, and scored numerous films and dance performances. She has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, and Pew Fellows Odean Pope and Bobby Zankel. (https://www.pewcenterarts.org/fellow/sumi-tonooka)

Get to Know Jazz Bridge



Hosted by local jazz musicians and aficionados, our concerts include a unique opportunity for audiences to interact with performers. Find an upcoming performance here.

Photo By: Janet Parrish


Jazz Bridge has confidentially helped more than 300 local jazz and blues musicians and singers with varied needs. Learn how we can help you by clicking here.



There are always individual and group volunteer opportunities with Jazz Bridge. Click here to learn more and make a difference in the life of a musician!

Photo courtesy of Tess & Frank Gerould.