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 Jazz festival --- 5/25/2014 at 12:30pm!!

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 1:40 AM

"Masumi Jones" got listed on this big Austin Jazz Festival at the Backyard next Sunday 5/25/2014 at 12:30pm, a bit after noon, so I can still say Lunch with Masumi time!!

At first, I thought I got call for back band for the singer Courtney Sanchez, then I found out a week before, MY OWN BAND GOT LINED UP!! This is very special to me, this is the very first festival for Masumi and the Gentlemen. I did a lot of festivals in my life, but those were "sidemen gig", hired by band leaders. but this time, I got hired by Festival! Thank y'all so much for supporting me!

Please come down to this festival!! Details and ticket is here 

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!!

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!!

New York Tour!!

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I'm coming to NYC in the end of March for actually private event, but it worked out to make "Jitterbug Vipers NYC Invasion Tour"!!! Please check our schedule on my GIG page and if you live in NY or go to NY, please join us!!!

SXSW 2013!!

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I will play around town for free SXSW showcase in 2nd week of March 2013!! Please check info on GIG page. And also I will play for SXSW official show case at Elephant Room for Jeff Lofton on Thursday March 14th 11:30pm - 0:30am. This is not free but you can get one time wrist band at the door I think. Please come down to Austin for enjoying SXSW in beautiful spring weather!!

Austin Jazz Festival!!

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

I didn't have a time to update October calendar yet, but there are good ones in this week, I just wanna tell those here quickly!

Actually Jitterbug Vipers just did play at the Lamberts patio for HAAM benefit. this is a fundraiser for austin working musician's health insurance. It was fun and hopefully we got donations for working musicians health care.

Tomorrow at Lamberts is our regular Wednesday gig. 7-9:30pm 10/3

Thursday will be "the first Thursday" at south congress street fest. Vipers will be playing at Jo's coffee shop just across the street from continental club 7-10pm. 10/4

Friday, I will be playing with Three (Bruce sanders on G and Eli Haslanger on Sax) at Sao Paulos on San Jacinto just north of E 26h st 7:30 -10pm 10/5

AND Jitterbug Vipers will be performing at Austin Jazz Festival in Zilker hillside theatre on Saturday!! Our slot is around 6 or 7pm I thought. It is free, bring your picnic sheet and drinks, let me set down!!

The Jitterbug Vipers Roots Organics Oregon Tour

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

- The Jitterbug Vipers’ Roots Organics’ Oregon Tour

we are coming to Oregon!!!!   check our show at Jazz at Noon

July 28, 2012, Saturday.- BurntWoodsStock Festival, The Jitterbug Vipers. Three days of peace and music down on Kasner's Farm!..In Burntwood, Oregon.http/ A music festival founded and operated by musicians for musicians and their friends, fans and family. Details to come later. Check the Web Site.

July 29, 2012 Sunday, 8 PM ‘til The Jitterbug Vipers. Duff's Garage.

1635 Southeast 7th Avenue Portland, OR 97214 503) 234-2337, $8.00 Cover. --- time TBA

July 30, 2012 Monday, Evening. The Jitterbug Vipers. – House concert at Janet Nelson’s. Cell: 541-968-3822, House: 541-686-4244/ 91071 N Skinner St, Coburg, OR. Cover charge. ----- time TBA

July 31, 2012, Tuesday, Aqua Serene Eugene. Private.

August 1, 2012 Wednesday--- Newport Cafe Mundo, 209 Northwest Coast Street, Newport, OR (541) 574-8134 · --- time TBA

August 2, 2012 Thursday Cozmic Pizza, The Jitterbug Vipers.

199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (541) 338-9333 http/ --- time TBA

August 3, 2012 Friday. The Jitterbug Vipers, Jazz Station in Eugene, 124 W. Broadway Eugene Or. http/ --- time TBA

August 4, 2012 Saturday. 9 PM. The Jitterbug Vipers. Secret Society Ballroom. 116 NE Russell St. Portland, OR 503-493-3600. Second band is Underskore Orchestra. $8 cover. http/