Tomo Fujita grew up in Kyoto, Japan, and at age 19 won a full scholarship to attend Berklee. Only problem was he didn’t speak a word of English. He came to America and through sheer hustle and determination, things all seemed to work out. He wound up becoming a member of the faculty at Berklee, and has taught some famous students, such as Eric Krasno, Adam Smirnoff, and John Mayer.
Tomo has also performed with some major artists, including Will Lee, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Steve Jordan, Susan Tedeschi, Phil Collins, John Mayer, James Gadson, Ronnie Earl, Coco Montoya, Eric Gales, Josh Smith, Kirk Fletcher, and Matt Schofield. Some great stories in here about the cultural differences and adjustments Tomo had to make, between Japan and America, very cool stuff: