Masumi Jones



Happy New Year 2018!

Posted on January 7, 2018 at 12:05 AM

Happy New Year y'all! 

yes, 2017 was very dramatic, and god speed. I had a couple of new recordings in fall, Sarah Sharp won Black Fret major grant and we played at Paramount Theatre for Black Fret Ball, it was a great night. She is nominated for Austin Music Poll 2017-18 with 2categories right now, please visit  for voting for her!

On the other hand, my 'Masumi and the Gentlemen's residency at Lamberts ended the end of 2017, it had been goin on 6 years. I am very grateful. Thanks y'all!!

LuluFest Austin

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 4:35 PM

I am so proud to get involved in this new Austin Music Festival!

LuluFest 2017

article about LuluFest on All About Jazz

Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704 

LuluFest Facebook page :

Ritenuto Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with the St. Edward’s University Music Department, is proud to announce its first annual Austin women-led band Festival: LuluFest, to be held on June 3rd, 2017, in the newly renovated Jones Auditorium, situated in the Ragsdale Center, on the St. Ed’s campus.

The focus of this one-day event (concerts and workshops) will be women bandleaders — both seasoned and up-and-coming, who are making their music the focus of their lives. The evening concert line-up is outstanding: trumpet virtuoso Ingrid Jensen and Helen Sung (world-class pianist) will be coming from New York City, guitarist Albanie Falletta (based in New Orleans), vocalist Susanna Sharpe, and vocalist Suzi Stern. The evening concludes with pianist Peggy Stern’s Estrella Salsa in a jam with all the players.


5 PM: Albanie Falletta Trio, featuring Masumi Jones

6 PM: Susanna Sharpe Brazilian Quartet

7 PM: Ingrid Jensen Quartet

8 PM: Helen Sung Trio

9 PM: Estrella Salsa, featuring Suzi Stern, Joey Colarusso, Ingrid Jensen, Daniel Durham, Michael Longoria and Peggy Stern


The workshops will focus on basic jazz improv skills, not only for students already into jazz, but also those who are classically trained and think they might enjoy improvisation.

The workshops will be instrument specific: Piano (Helen Sung); Trumpet (Ingrid Jensen); Vocals (Suzi Stern); Drums (Masumi Jones).

12-1:30 PM in the Carriage House (music building at St. Ed’s).

2-3:30PM: Masterclass will be held in Jones Auditorium, the building adjacent.

Get your tickets!

Ticket :

G.G. Live @ Motion Blue Yokohama ticket on Sale at Twin Music

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 11:20 PM

4/21(金)、G.G. が赤レンガ街のモーションブルー横浜に来ます!3人揃っての日本公演はなんとバークリー音大時代以来の20年ぶり。私の住むテキサスオースティンでのCDリリースツアー2016の映像を編集した私達G.G.の紹介ビデオがこのTwin Musicさんのチケット予約サイトでみれますので是非クリックして見てください、宜しくお願い致します!

Happy New Year 2017

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM

I hope everything would be settled OK. It is really not so happy new year 2017 so far, I am afraid of what is going on in US under new president right now. I hope we can stay together with compassion, love, and peace whatever happens on us internationally. 


Good news is G.G. will go to Japan all 3 of us together this time in this spring!! Please keep open Friday April 21!! We are going to perform at Motion Blue Yokohama with special guest Ryu Miho.


詳細はウェブサイトより details on the website

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!

G.G. 2/3 Japan tour was big success!

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM

I came back from Japan!!

I had a couple of gigs with Takana Miyamoto(p) and Kenji Shimada(b), so we called it G.G. 2/3!!

And I reunited with my PTA band which was based on my son's elementaly school PTA board members back in 2006-2008 during my service as a vice PTA president. 

Then, I participated to 60th anniversary concert of Waseda Univ. High Society Orchestra! I reunited many friends in college big band in Tokyo, met older and younger alumnis, about 160 musicians shared stage, in 9 big bands! It was something.

G.G. Austin Tour

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 2:15 AM

G.G. is coming to Austin next month!!! Please come down to meet us, because Takana from Japan, Noriko from NY, those are very rare concerts!!!!!!!!

Monday March 21st

"G.G. Ruby Road tour 2016"  presented by Japan America Society of Greater Austin

at Boyd Vance Theatre in Carver Museum

Doors at 7pm, Downbeat at 7:30pm 

$15/member $20/ door

Please visit GG concert website for details and reservation



3/22 Elephant Room (315 Congress Ave.) 21+ jazz bar 9:30pm - 1:30 am

3/23 house concert---- details later



Happy New Year 2016

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 1:40 AM

I have no idea what would be happning in 2016...

I have 2 recordings coming up, one with Marilyn Rucker in this month, another one with Sarah Sharp / Yaniel Matos in February, and G.G. first ever tour in March right here in Austin, besides regular everyday live gigs.

Additionally Hey Lolly 1st Sunday brunch residency at Cherrywood Coffee house just started last Sunday, 35mm 3rd Thursday residency at Firehouse lounge starts in January, Jitterbug Vipers will be on the Slim Festival in Terlingua TX in February, and Sarah Sharp band will make your Valentine's night awesome at Townsend.

Kinda a lot in slow winter time for musicians!! 

I hope I can go back to Japan for G.G. tour in later this year.

I m waiting my spinet piano tuned up for possible Jazz at Noon returning....

Stay Tuned!!


Posted on December 7, 2015 at 9:50 AM


2015 is ending soon!! My annual December event is Tapestry Nutcracker show "Mice and Music" at the Rollins Theatre in the Long Center Performing Arts (tickets are all sold out already!!), then Vipers Desert tour to Terlingua TX (12/27-29)!!

Unfortunately, Vipers doesn't play at the Armadillo Bazeer stage on Xmas eve afternoon this year, 

Minor change is, I will be in Austin for count down to the new year!! Come down to the Eddie V's seafood restaurant 12/31, I will be playing with Jon Blondell trio 7pm-midnight, lets count down to 2016 together!!

AND, I got a spinet piano in my house!! It is very honky tonk now, I should get good well tuning soon, but I am thinking restarting Jazz at Noon online concert series from my house soon next year, stay tuned!!!!

Thank y'all for supporting me, I really appreciate all of you who are cheking my music, website, and coming down to my gigs!!!!!!!

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!!