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Mitch Watkins every Tuesday
Sarah Sharp every Thursday
Jitterbug Vipers 1 & 3 Wednesday
at Elephant Room 6pm-8:20pm
315 Congress Ave. Austin

Sarah Sharp won the Best Jazz Band  for 2023-24 Austin Music Award.

Masumi Jones Biographical file is available in Austin History Center soon.



Cancelled  Sarah Sharp -- Johnson City Jazz Festival 4/27

Bree Romeo -- Elephant Room 5/8 & 5/29
Peggy Stern -- Lulu Fest 5/11, Elephant Room 6/9

Alex Coke --Central Market North 5/31, Rich Harney Fest 6/7

Tapestry -- Soul to Sole Fest 6/19-23
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from Japan.

2013-2014 Austin Music Award best drummer.

currently regularly playing with Mitch Watkins, Sarah Sharp, Jitterbug Vipers, Austin Jazz Workshop, Alex Coke, Peggy Stern, Pamela Hart, 35mm, Tapestry Dance Company and used to host an online live jazz concert 'Jazz at Noon --- Lunch with Masumi' featured late Rich Harney and his compositions

Waseda Univ High Society Orchestra (Tokyo), Berklee College of Music - Groovin' Girls (Boston-NY), Blue Aeronauts Orchestra (Tokyo avex) then settled in Austin Texas 2008.

Peggy Stern Quartet - AJS Presents - Midweek @ Monks

Peggy Stern Quartet - AJS Presents - Midweek @ Monks

Leave a tip/donation for the Peggy Stern Quartet at (search @monksjazz on venmo/paypal) Get tickets for future shows at Peggy Stern - Piano Joey Colarusso - Saxophone John Fremgen - Bass Masumi Jones - Drums Make a donation to be recognized: Supporter Level: Donate $40 or more, and we'll mention your name as a supporter of the "AJS Presents: Midweek @ Monks" series, as part of the mission to creating more sustaining performance opportunities for Austin jazz musicians! Sponsor Level: Donate $100 or more, we'll mention your name as a sponsor for 2 weeks of the "AJS Presents: Midweek @ Monks" series. Peggy Stern is as well-known as a composer as she is known for her fine piano playing. She arrived at jazz via classical music, R&B, and salsa. In addition to European and American classical music, Peggy’s music draws from Brazilian, African, Jewish, Irish, Cuban, and traditional jazz influences.Peggy has composed, recorded, and toured in a wide variety of situations: from solo shows, to arranging for octets and jazz choruses. Her compositions range from highly original pieces to reharmonized jazz standards. “Everything she writes wants to dance, ” says Ken Dais of Jazziz.Peggy began playing classical piano at an early age, continuing her studies at the Eastman School of Music, and earning a master's degree in classical music at the New England Conservatory. While living in San Francisco, she played in salsa bands, notably Azteca and Supercombo with Benny Vallarde. She served a stint in an R&B band (called Cat’s Cradle) with singer Linda Tillery, and with Paul Jackson (bass) and Mike Clark (drums) of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunter band.Subsequently, Peggy moved to New York, absorbing the piano stylings of jazz greats such as Jimmy Rowles and Tommy Flanagan. Peggy has worked and toured with many wonderful musicians: Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David “Fathead” Newman, Jay Clayton, Gary Peacock, Gene Bertoncini, Bud Shank, Red Holloway, Thomas Chapin, Machito, Puck Fair, Bobby Shew, Stanley Turrentine, Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Henderson, Emily Remler, to name a few. She has recorded a dozen albums.Peggy has toured throughout Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan. In addition, Peggy has worked as an educator for the past 20 years, at colleges in the US. She has given workshops throughout Europe (Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy), and the US.Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston, NY (2004 - present), a yearly festival featuring women-led jazz ensembles. Presented outdoors on a quiet store & tree-lined street, this festival draws thousands from NYC, Albany, and all the counties in between.
Mitch Watkins Quartet - Live-Streaming for #ProjectSafetyNet

Mitch Watkins Quartet - Live-Streaming for #ProjectSafetyNet

Performing tonight in support of Project Safety Net: (searchable as Sign up for the email list at Thank you to the $100+ sponsors of #ProjectSafetyNet for this weeks performance: Flo Ann Randle Ben Irom Denny Malloy Austin Jazz Society Continuing the collaboration between Monks Jazz and the Austin Jazz Society on behalf of #ProjectSafetyNet, the 46th concert in the series will feature a quartet led by Mitch Watkins. (Grab a table for limited in-studio audience at Native Texan Mitch Watkins is a guitarist, producer, composer, and educator who has toured and recorded with legendary artists from numerous genres, including Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Austin favorite Bob Schneider, GRAMMY-winning choral group, Conspirare, and the late Leonard Cohen (Watkins accompanied Cohen on his final world tour). Aside from Watkins’ own recordings, he has appeared as a sideman on many diverse recordings, and has appeared on major television shows such as The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and Austin City Limits. --- Live from East Austin Piano Shop One Set - 7:30pm CST Mitch Watkins - Guitar Sean Giddings - Piano Chris Maresh - Double Bass Masumi Jones - Drums We invite viewers to donate; contributions ensure performers get paid, with surplus funds going into Austin Jazz Society’s “Project Safety Net” – a project initiated in late March 2020 to assist Austin-area jazz musicians whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. To date, the fundraising project has raised over $122,000 and benefitted 110+ individual jazz musicians.
Alex Coke "The Inner Kingdom" Premiere

Alex Coke "The Inner Kingdom" Premiere

Leave a tip/donation for the band at (search @monksjazz on venmo/paypal) Get tickets for future shows at Alex Coke, reeds and flutes Elaine Barber, concert harp Bruce Saunders, guitar James Suter, bass Masumi Jones, drums Bruce Colson, violin Joan Carlson, violin Martha Carapetyan, viola Carolyn Hagler, cello Composer Alex Coke plays flutes and saxophones. An original member of Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Alex was a featured composer/arranger and soloist on several CO2 recordings since the early 1980s. From 1990-2010 he toured and recorded with the internationally renowned Dutch jazz group, the Willem Breuker Kollektief. An improvisor and experimentalist with a wide range of interests from avant-garde and bebop jazz to folk and world traditional musics, Alex has led numerous ensembles like Live Action Brass Band, The Leadbelly Legacy Band, New Texas Swing, and The Worthy Constituents, as well as touring and recording with many offshoots of the Dutch jazz and contemporary music scene. More at Christopher Hynes, is the youngest of 10 children and grew up in Washington, D.C., around artists, writers, and politicos. As a young man, he worked as a studio assistant for several Washington artists and he also worked in an archival frame shop but mostly he played in rock and roll bands until 1988 when he turned to the visual arts full time. He's mostly self-taught and had numerous group and one-man shows in Texas, New York, D.C., and several other cities in the U.S. He has lived in Austin since 1984. He is in many Private Collections across the United States. "There is a little bit of something in everything, and that is what I like to explore” More at
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