Masumi Jones



End of Quarantine!

Posted on June 17, 2021 at 12:25 AM

Thank you for supporting us through this quarantine, I had 2 online shows at Monks Jazz Club with limited live audiences sponsored by Austin Jazz Society Project Safety Net, and last night was the last show for this series also. I had blust. Thank you for everyone, thank you thank you.

The first booked gig at Elephant Room in this year actually got postponed, and I couldn't make it for new date and time, so I should let go though now my very first Elephangt Room gig will be with the Jitterbug Vipers, June 23rd Happy Hour 6pm - 8pm, i am crossing my fingers not to be postponed also!

Mitch Watkins concert at Monks Jazz Club --------------------------

Mitch Watkins guitar, Sean Giddings piano, Chris Meresh bass

Alex Coke concert at Monks Jazz Club ------------------------------

Alex Coke wind, Bruce Saunders guitar, James Suter bass

2020 -- featured on KUTX 'Love Austin Music Month' and 'Tribeza'

Posted on March 21, 2020 at 4:40 PM

I am very so sorry not to update news like ....2years! Here we are now in 2020, everyone quarantined from Covit 19 now

2018, and 19 had passed with light speed, Sarah Sharp got listed on Starbucks play list of 2019 fall, her song 'Phoebe's Dream' and 'For Your Love' were lotated in all the Starbucks shops in US. I don't know how many Starbucks in US but like hundreds or a thousand? 

This year, started with tragedy, my Jazz at Noon pianist, great composer and my dear friend Rich Harney passed away suddenly, unexpectedly.

It still hasn't settled on my heart, I just can't believe it. But please rest in peace Rich, we are continued playing his tons of great compositions.

In February, I was featured in the video produced by KUTX 98.9 Austin TX with the Jitterbug Vipers, this was filmed early last year.

And, in March, I was included in the Tribeza magazine article of female drummers in Austin TX, too!

click here to read the article!

Now, we are all sealed at home at least until May 1st, when all the bars and restaurants reopen.

We just started streaming our shows from our home, like dozens of Austin local musicians, because of that Austin is the live music capital of the world, no live means no job, no income for us. Our patron organizatiin Black Fret started fundraising live stream show for us all.

Sarah Sharp got listed on last Thursday, we played in highly risk managed circumstance, outdoor stage of the Stoltz Garden.

please watch us here, we starts around 30 minutes from begining 

And they are keep streaming for fundraising, keeping Austin as the Live music capital of the world. Please check thier website, watch how we are doing, become the Black Fret member!

summer is over

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 12:05 AM

After Lulu Fest, I am having a pretty mellow (HOT) summer. Yesterday was a big Eclipce day in US, now I feel like summer is almost over.

rest of 2017, I have 3 residence gigs.

every Tuesday

----- 6-8pm Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room

                 Mitch Watkins (g), Pat Harris (b)

1st & 3rd Monday

----- 6-8pm Jitterbug Vipers at Elephant Room

                 Bree Romeo (v), Greg Harkins (g/v), Francie Meaux Jeaux (b)

3rd Thursday

----- 9-11pm 35mm at Firehouse

                 Claude McCan (v/key), Fumihito Sugawara (g), Alan Uribe (b)

also long time regular gig Jitterbug Vipers on Wednesday, Masumi and Gentelmen on Thursday at Lamberts are still on, but too many Happy Hour 2nd stairs private parties replace us, so not much happening right now.

Please come down to say hi to me sometime!

Elephant Room is back in business!

Posted on December 2, 2015 at 11:05 PM

It was a long vacation for Elephant Room jazz musicians, but we got back in business!!

we Jitterbug Vipers will play there for the first time after reopened, tomorrow

12/3/2015 6pm-8pm with great guitarist Mitch Watkins! 

Then I will play with Jon Blondell Trio on Mondays 12/7 and 12/20. 

Last gig at Elephant Room in 2015 will be on the Christmas night 12/25 with Alex Coke quintet!!

Please come down to reopened Elephant Room, say hi to well rested Jazz Musicians!!

Elephant Room is temporary closed!!

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 9:00 PM

This is a bad news.

I heard Elephant Room has been closed since last Friday for maintenancing building, suspicious about sink hale under neath, having flood...... Those are all not reliable information, but something wrong about that neigborhood underground, they shouold close business till they find out what is wrong and fix it. 

So, I have Jitterbug Vipers gigs on 11/16, 18, 23, and Rich Harney gig on 11/22, those might not happening, please check out Elephant Room FB page for update about open business day/time here" target="_blank">http:// 

I hope it will open asap!!!!!!!!!!!

2015 Summer is going!!

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 11:55 PM

Jitterbug Vipers got reformed. 

Without Slim Richey, Jitterbug Vipers is still strongly keeping Austin weird! We invited Bree Bruns Romeo (former Slim Richey band singer) as our new Beta Bitch Viper singer. She sings big, and scatts awesome. Please come down to check her out!! 

New website is

We keep Elephant Room Happy Hour 3-4 nights a month, and C-Boys Heart & Soul on every Friday regularly, and also events, Lamberts, private party etc, too. Check my "gig" page for details

And Sarah Sharp started her new pop project!! She doesn't have official band name yet, though this band is already rocking Austin and Colorado!!!

Wilson Marks and Buffalo Speedway play guitar, Daniel Durham on bass, and Ephraim Owens joined our first gig and Colorado event, too!!

We just had a big show at Stay Gold last Thursday, great Rebecca Havemeyer's band played before us that night! We will play at Continental Gallery 9/8 and 9/15 happy hour, also Stay Gold 12/19. 

And my other big project 35mm is really happening right now!!

We had a great show at Spider House Ball Room last weekend, our tunes were on the radio KOOP last week also for PR of this Spider event.

Our Fumihito Sugawara is a great guitarist and produces awesome art works on our posters, he is from Fukuyama/Hiroshima, we are both from Fukuyama!!!! Is it just a coincident?? I don't think so, we will make something there in a future....

Claude9 McCan on keys, he can play keys with his tongue for real, and I love how he sings. Alan Uribe grooves insane on bass! He is one of a kind on electric bass, very special, I m very lucky to be on the same stage with him!!

And we have Rey Arteaga, Awesome awesome percussionist who won grammy couple years ago with the Latin band "Groupo Fantasma". No word, just catch our show and you know.

We will be at Stay Gold every Wednesday happy hour in September, please catch one of those Wednesdays, we will blow your mind completely!!

Slim Smiles After Party at Fischer Hall

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Today, Slim Smiles After Party at Fischer Hall all day.

I burned my face while cooking donuts yesterday, one donut exploded in hot deep frying oil, and splashed half of my face... it is level 2 burn, I will be ok, but I shouldn't go out a few days with this burned face... such a horrible accident just before this big Slim's party. I m so sad...

This article is all about Slim, and Jitterbug Vipers was on the news "Studio 512" on KXAN, performed "Dangerous" and promote this party.

We love Slim Richey forever!!!

G.I.P. (Gigs In Peace) Slim Richey

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 2:05 AM

Slim Richey 2/11/1938 - 5/31/2015 

Everybody's Folk Music Blog

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 1:05 AM

Jitterbug Vipers was featuerd on the "Everybody's Folk Music Blog"!

Picture of Francie Meaux Jeaux on it is great!!!!!!!!!!

please check it out!!

Rad Austin Magazine

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Jitterbug Vipers had a interview with Rad Austin Magazine, and it is on now!!

This is a great interview about history of Jitterbug Vipers. My part was kinda miss communication, some of words are different from what I meant, it is all about my language pronaunciation issue!!!

And sad news is I lost my LunchWithMasumi domain, and couple of issues with musicians (moved away, being sick, too busy....etc), so online show Jazz at Noon series ended. I will upload all the archives video in this website soon, so you can enjoy them again though!!

My first band Groovin' Girls (1995-2000) reunited last summer in Tokyo Japan, and recorded an album in 1&1/2 days, this recording will be release soon, I can't tell details yet, but it will be very fun year!!!! Thanks, and LOVE Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!