Masumi Jones



Summer has gone! update with Masumi

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Summer has gone!!! 

I had a really busy summer.

First, I went to New Orleans Domination tour with the Jitterbug Vipers. It is so shame as a jazz musician, but this is my first time New Orleans!! I got great gigs and great vacation with my sons. Gumbo, Jazz cruise, Boubon street, and DONUTS!!!! I loved square donuts there, I miss it already.

Then, I went back to Japan for vacation, to visit my family, but ended up having a recording in Tokyo with my Berklee friends!! I can't tell details now, but it will be in publick late in this year or early 2015. I can't wait to tell y'all!!

After Japan trip, I went to Colorado Domination with the Jitterbug Vipers. I had a big fun trip and made great friends there. I love Colorado!!

I got back to normal schedule from the end of August, restarted Vipers at Noon channel in Lunch With Masumi online show, I will have Guest at Noon in this month and hopefully Jazz at Noon and Funky at Noon will come back soon.

By the way, as a big band drummer, I m a big fun of Butch Miles who lives near Austin and had a lung transplant surgery lately. Austin Jazz Aliance presented a benefit concert for him at the Elephant Room on Spt. 7th, and I was featured with 4 other great Jazz drummers in Austin, played with Rich Harney, Dan Durham, Jon Blondell, Kris Kimura and special guest Bill Watrous. It was an amazing night, I did skype with Butch but so noisy, couldn't talk, almost just smiling at each other! Thanks for Michael and Laura Mordecai.

Then, the Jitterbug Vipers was invited to KXAN TV show "Studio 512" on Sept. 12th. Here is the link

And October, I will go to Arkansas with vipers for private party and wine down gig, I ll update details on gigs page soon, THEN, to LA for Film festival party which we did last year! 

I m so behind of web updates and everything, I m so sorry.....

Austin Women Magazine June issue

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Austin Women Magazine June issue

The Jitterbug Vipers got featured in Austin Women Magazine June issue!! 

Our article is on 5pages, great interviews of each of us and lots of pictures!! please check it out!

Cancel calls --- so sorry!!

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Because of weather, last 2 gigs Ino'z in Wimberley and Hyde Park got cancelled, so sorry.

Now, Lamberts told us there will be a party tonight, we can't play!!!! so sorry, we are very upset about 3 hours before the show cancellation!  please don't go there tonight!!

Austin Chronicle Music Award 2013-14

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I had a big SXSW this year. I was listed around #8-9 last couple of years in the best dummer of the year in Austin, but I actually won the BEST DRUMMER OF THE YEAR in this time! Thank you so so so much for supporting me and voted to me, I really appreciate y'all!

And, the big news is, the Jitterbug Vipers won the best jazz band of the year, Slim Richey won the best electric guitar, Francie Meaux Jeaux won the best bassist, Sarah Sharp won #3 female singer, #3 producer, #6 song writer... we got listed higher than #6 for 12 categories. Totally because of y'all love, support and votes!!! Thank you so much! We got mentioned in Wall Street Magazine SXSW article, and so many other medias I can't remember anymore.(please check at

And I hope our wave continue through this year to the next year, too!!!


Jitterbug Vipers on SXSW Official Showcase

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Jitterbug Vipers have been playing bunch of festivals nationwide and even internationally, but not so many in SXSW so far. We will play one official show case and couple of unofficial one this year.

3/13 2:30-3:30pm at Continental Club

3/13 8:00-9:00 at Elephant Room --- Official SXSW jazz showcase

3/15 12:00-12:30pm at Central Market North Lamar "Ginger Leigh SXSW Jam"

If you are planning  to come to be a part of this crazy multi art festival, come to say hi to me!!

NPR show "Song Travels with Michael Feinstein"

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Jitterbug Vipers new CD "Phoebe's Dream" has been turning over 90 radio stations in US, Canada and UK. We got featured on the NPR 1hour music program "Song Travels with Michael Feinstein" the end of last month! We went to NY to tape this live performance and Sarah's interveiw. It was big success to debut in nationwide for Jitterbug Vipers. YAY!! You can listen here below link!

Happy New Year 2014

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 3:50 AM

Happy New Year 2014!!!


Thank you so much for tuning in my Lunch With Masumi! Jazz at Noon started December 2010, so It has been 3 whole years! I couldn't keep every week live broadcasting because of my own busyness and there are many difficulty for making live show constantly, such like musician and crew's schedule, sudden sickness etc...


I was really busy with the Jitterbug Vipers last year, it started from the article on the Downbeat magazine September issue, new album "Phoebe's Dream" got really good review on it, big thanks for Mr. Michael Point, who sadly we lost last year also.. please please rest in peace my friend. We had a big CD release live at the One World Theater, thanks Mr. Burton Turner!


We had an Oregon Seattle tour in the summer, then we are invited to N.Y. for taping 1 hour NPR show "Song Travels by Michael Feinstein", which will be on air nationwide this January 21st. Then we played for the Hollywood Film Festival reception, and Hotel Cafe in LA. Then we toured UK and Italy for 12days! 7 straight nights in UK, started from London, everyday different city like Liverpool, New Castle, Birmingham... big big thanks for Sophia, Hanna and Mr. Johnson of the Toy Hearts, this awesome band introduced us in great UK! Then we played one night at Albenga Italy music festival, it was awesome, I loved loved loved this seashore town.


I just came home from annual Vipers desert ghost town new year's eve gig, it was at the resort "Lajitas" this time. We had a big blast. Thanks for everyone who supported us!


And I just got a great review about this Lunch with Masumi program, Jazz at Noon!! Same article in 2 net magazines, here is the links.


All About Jazz :


Jazz Corner :


Big thanks for my friend Nicki, she is really precious jazz lover, used to help me for sound in the show!


I ll start Jazz at Noon 2014 episodes from next Monday at noon, I really appreciate my gentlemen, especially Mr. Rich Harney and super sound man Mr. Daniel Flemming.


Thank y'all, Please keep tuning in here!!

UK/Italy tour

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 2:05 AM

I was busy touring with vipers and rehearsing with Tap dancers, I lately am lazy to make LunchWithMasumi online concerts on sorry, it was just difficult to manage time and casts, I m planning Jazz at Noon on November 25, just before UK/Italy tour. 

Jitterbug Vipers are coming to Europe soon, please check my calendar for details of tour. As a Harry Potter fan, I 'd like to go to Kings Cross station, but with everyone in one car on the tour, it won't be happen to me..



Jitterbug Vipers World Domination is in progress..

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

 Jitterbug Vipers new album "Phoebe's Dream" is spinning over 70 radio stations in US and Canada lately, and got first place in Reverbnation global jazz chart last week! We showed up in Fox7 Good Day Austin Morning news last Wednesday.

ジターバグバイパーズの新譜 ”フィービーズ・ドリーム” は現在アメリカカナダの70以上のラジオステーションで流されていて、先週はリバーブネイショングローバルジャズチャートでなんと堂々の一位に!この水曜の朝にはFox7朝のニュースグッデイオースティンにも出演しました。


Then we are invited to show up on NPR 1 hour music program called "Michael Feinstein Song Travels"! We will fly up to NY next month and record it, it will be on air in this winter. In this program, lots of big name played, we are so honor to be on it.

またNPR(ナショナルパブリックラジオ)の一時間番組、”マイケル・フェーンスタインのソングトラベル” という番組の収録にも招待されて、10月はNYに飛びます。放送はこの冬、まだ日時は未定です。由紀さおりさんとアルバムを創ったピンクマティーニやウィントン・マルサリス、ライザ・ミネリなど、堂々としたビッグネームがアーカイブに並ぶ番組なので、お声がかかったことはとても光栄です。


Michael Feinstein Song Travels


We will go to LA for one party for film makers, and showcase at Hotel Café on Oct 22nd. This is very first landing on Hollywood for me.



Then we will go to UK and Italy the end of November and 1st week of December. We are welcome to play for private party and venues if anyone wants us to come to play NY, LA, UK and Italy area depends on our schedule blanks. Please contact me if you can have us!! Thanks!!

そして今年は11月の終わりから12月頭にかけて、初のイギリス・イタリアツアーに行ってきます。10日間ほどぶっ続けで移動しながらライブの予定です。このようにニューヨーク、ハリウッド、ヨーロッパとさっけく出かけますので、昼間のパーティーなどプライベートな仕事も時間があえばぜひさせてほしいので、(新しいファン作りのためにも)、もしご当地にお住まいで何かイベント、パーティーなどご計画の方がありましたら、ぜひ まで連絡ください。

Roots Organics Oregon Tour!!

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 1:55 AM

September 11th (Wed) through 16 The Jitterbug Vipers will be playing in the Northwest,

September 11, 2013, Wednesday, 7 ‘til 10 PM, Aqua Serene 2836 W. 11th Ave. Eugene, OR Upstairs. Approx. 25 stairs. 541-968-6089

Refreshments available . Nice dance floor! Dress up or dress down, but bring your dancing shoes. Please party with us, donations to support a touring band, and strut your stuff!

September 12. 2013, noon ‘til 1 PM (one set), Coffee Plant Roaster Grand Opening (at Aqua Serene) 2836 W. 11th Ave. Eugene, OR Come party! Jitterbug Vipers Roots Organics Oregon Tour. No Cover.

September 12. 2013, Thursday, 2:40 PM. Jitterbug Vipers Radio in-studio: KLCC, Eugene, OR.

September 12, 2013, 7:30 - 10:00 PM Thursday, Jazz Station in Eugene, OR 124 W. Broadway Eugene, OR. $10 cover

September 14, 2013, Saturday, 9 PM. Alhambra Theater, The Jitterbug Vipers, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 503-360-1450 . We’re opening for Charlotte Sometimes $8 ticket.

September 15, 2013, Sunday, The Jitterbug Vipers, House Concert, Seattle, WA. I think this one is sold out but if it turns out not to be, I’ll post how to get on it.

So, no Funky at Noon next Monday, so so sorry!!