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The Jitterbug Vipers / Bio

Besides being a jitterbug, viper, swing, show band, we are the original and only trippy-swingadelic 1930's rock band on Planet Earth.

Slim Richey, the most dangerous guitarist in Texas, has played and recorded with Herb Ellis, Marc Johnson, Maryann Price, Marty Stuart, David Amram, Ricky Skaggs, and Ray Price, toured Japan twice, Italy three times, and on and on. He’s internationally recognized for his distinct style of Southwestern swing/jazz guitar.

Sarah Sharp has won many awards for her singing and recordings and many successful concerts in the U.S. and abroad. She has toured Italy twice as a singer/songwriter and with Slim and Meaux Jeaux in ‘09 singing American classics and standards. Sarah’s torchy, swinging vocal style is a perfect fit for The Jitterbug Vipers with award winning jazz guitarist, Slim Richey and bassist extraordinaire, Francie Meaux Jeaux.

Francie Meaux Jeaux, bassist extraordinaire has played with Dan Hicks, Michelle Shocked, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis and Maryann Price. She’s a veteran of many Acoustic Music and Jazz Festivals including the San Miguel de Allende International Jazz Festival in Mexico .

Masumi Jones, the Tokyo Tsunami, has been in the U.S. for only a little while. She played drums with big swing bands in Japan and is quickly making a name for herself in Austin where she is in demand for recording sessions and gigs.
Recent awards:
The Jitterbug Vipers were awarded Best Lindy Band 2008 -2009 by Austin Swing.
Sarah Sharp won the Best Performing Jazz Band in Austin by the Austin Chronicle for 2009

General Info

Band Members
Slim Richey- guitar, Francie Meaux Jeaux- upright bass, Sarah Sharp- vocals, Masumi Jones- drums, and assorted guest vipers
Artist Name
The Jitterbug Vipers
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Swing / Viper

Contact Info

Austin, TX

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