Masumi Jones



Austin got featured on JAL Skyword magazine!

Posted on September 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM

JAL (Japan Airline)'s original magazine on the plane 'Skyword Magazine' features interesting cities every monthly issue, and because they will start Austin-Japan direst flight sharing code with one of USA airline(sorry, I don't know which airline!), they featured Austin! And I had an interview with them a couple of month ago. Since this magazine is available to read only on the JAL airplane, I wasn't sure what's going on till one of my Japanese friend posted these pictures on Facebook, and said he found me on the magazine in JAL airplane on the trip!! Thanks for careful traveler!!

日本航空の機内誌9月号にオースティンの街が紹介されています。その中には私のインタビューも載せていただいているようなので、もしJAL に乗る予定のある方、ぜひ座席ポケットに入っているスカイワード誌をひらいてみてください!

Rich Harney Trio live at KUTX Studio 1A

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Rich Harney trio will be performing live show on KUTX Sunday Morning Jazz this Sunday 2/28!! 

Program is 7am-10am, we will play around 9am-10am!!

Rich Harney piano

Daniel Durham bass

tunes from Rich's new album "Blue Soul"

Masumi will be on Blog Talk Radio 11/22/2015

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 1:00 AM

I will have a live interview on Sunday 11/22/2015 around 6:30pm at

please tune in! 

I have been on media quie sometimes, but always playing drums, or group interview with Jitterbug Vipers. This is the first time oppotunity for me to talk alone in EngRish on Blog Radio in Austin TX!!

Very Scary!!!!

By the way, I had a Sarah Sharp band gig at Skylark Lounge tonight with Mitch Watkins and Sean Giddings!! This is our first time to play together for Sarah, and it was awesome!

Thanks Pauly K to sit in with sax!!

G.G. official CD trailer "Ruby Road" and English press

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM" target="_blank">http://

This is the youtube video you can listen a little bit of our new CD "Ruby Road".

and below is our press in English!

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!!!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Belate Happy New Year.....

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 10:35 PM

I had had really hard difficult new year day, and it had been hard whole through January till turning this amazing February!!

I don't want to tell details, but i had car spinning on the ice, speeding ticket, cut my wrist accidentally, got flu, and got stolen my identity by junk mail.... 

I fixed that car, went to hospital twice, taking diffensive driving course, set up all identity theft alerts for my SSN, bank info and EVERYTHING!! Anyway, I m totally safe and sound right now!! 

Slim is getting better, Jitterbug Vipers is staying strong, played at Paramount Theatre Austin 100 year anniversary event, and I am keeping Slim Richey Band, Jon Blondell Band, 35mm, Rich Harney trio, and subbed Wasabi Big Band so far in2015. 

AND, I am on the new Dell commercial, it just released 2/10, my first actress gig is such a global!!

In this weekend, I will have my band with special guests on this Saturday 2/21 at Brass House (115 San Jacinto Austin TX 78701), "Masumi and the Gents feat. Andre Hayward", with great singer Bree Bruns!! Sticky Lopes (Evan Arredondo) on bass and Carter Arrington on guitar, this will be a super band!

Then, I will sub great Austin top call drummer Scott Laningham on Manday 2/23 at Gallery, yes, I will play Church on Monday, woo hoo!! One of my favorite band in the world! Big thanks for Elias Haslanger!!

Jitterbug Vipers will be on SXSW official showcase in this year also, details will be later. I had all bad things happened in January already, I will have only happy great days in rest of 2015!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks everyone, love y'all!!!!

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!