Meet the Musicians

Anthony Caceres: The release of the EP “Don’t Call It Love”, is the recording debut of Anthony Caceres as a Singer bassist-leader. The Caceres name is a legendary one in the Jazz World. Anthony’s grandfather Emilio Caceres was a major swing violinist who worked with Harry James and Jack Teagarden in addition to leading his own Latin Orchestra, while his great Uncle Ernie Caceres played solos on Baritone Sax and Clarinet with the Original Glenn Miller Orchestra and the freewheeling groups of Eddie Condon. Anthony Caceres graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree concentrating in Jazz studies in 2003 from the University of North Texas. Anthony Caceres began a two-year stint performing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and getting a chance to record an album with the Orchestra. Anthony also toured with the Off-Broadway musical production Miss Saigon,  and performed with the Four Aces, Freddie Jones, Ed Soph, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Greg Abate, and the late Carl Fontana.

Born in Japan, Masumi Jones started piano at the age of 3. Masumi joined the middle school Brass band as a Clarinetist. During this time Masumi was inspired by Big Band drumming. Masumi started drumming at the age of 14. She joined one of the famous college Big Bands in Tokyo. Masumi soon afterward moved to Boston to study music at Berklee College of Music. Masumi played with several Jazz bands including the Japanese Piano Trio, “Groovin Girls” reunited as “GG” in 20125. GG appeared on BET Jazz Central in 1998 and toured nationwide in the US. Masumi moved back to Japan in 2000 and achieved a major contract with Avex Japan as a drummer of Blue Aeronauts Orchestra in 2004 and toured throughout Japan. In 2008 Masumi moved to Austin Tx and has been gigging with many  Austin bands including Jitterbug Vipers, Sarah Sharp, Alex Coke, Rich Harney, Masumi, and the Gentleman, 35mm, Hey Lolly, and Tone,  etc. Masumi won the best drummer of Austin Chronicle Music Award in 2013-2014.  Masumi has been in the Piano Trio for Tapestry Dance Company since 2010. Masumi performed in the Annual Soul to Soul festivals and traveled to China in 2011 as a member of the American Culture Ambassador and performed at the World Culture Festival in Shanghai.

Rashad Maybell, has been performing over 19 years as a Saxophonist. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Music. He played with a Chicago band called “the Jevon Watson Experience, Clark Terry, James Moody, opened up for Chrisette Michele, Wess Morgan & Luciano Gospel Concert, R&B Group Silk & the city of Killeen Jazz Fest and Recorded Artist Freddie Jackson.

Rich Harney has been a part of the Austin Jazz Scene for 4 decades now. Specializing in the art of Jazz piano, “ I'm your go-to man for instruction in this field of music. “ Rich currently plays with Elias Haslanger, Ephraim Owens, Redd Volkert, Masumi Jones, Alex Coke, and other Austin Jazz Artists. A regular in the Rhythm section at the Monday night Jazz jam at the Elephant room holding court with local and traveling Musicians. Rich has several c.d.s under his own name as well as with others. Soul prayers, Aren't We the lucky ones, Get Rich and a Solo Piano c.d. “Solitaire “ is a few. One of the original teachers at the Austin School of Music Rich has workable solutions for the learning of Jazz piano, focusing on harmony, technique, and tunes as well as how to develop the ear and play along with recordings. Using Workbooks such as The Jazz piano book by Mark Levine and the John Mehegan Jazz piano books as well as Play along records by Jamey Aebersold and others Rich succeeds in a winning combination of teaching tools to ensure growth for the enthusiastic student. Rich also plays at First Pres. Church where he has held the piano chair in the contemporary service for 11 years, stretching out on new hymns and generally spinning Jesus in a modern musical light for the adventurous soul.

Sarah McSweeney is an accomplished pianist and vocalist who travels worldwide performing concerts of original songs and meditation music. She has collaborated with artists and producers who have worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Colbie Caillat, and Josh Groban. When not performing or creating new music, Sarah currently teaches in the Austin, Texas area.

Betty Chen, pianist, and cellist, born in 1982, is a native of Taiwan. She received her Master Degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor degree in Music Education. As an award-winning competition musician, Ms. Betty placed second in the prestigious Vienna Music Education National Music Competition for Piano in 2001. As a cellist and pianist, Betty has performed many concerts mostly in Central Texas including Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Wimberley, Manchaca, Dallas and in Taiwan. Mrs. Chen is a member of the College Music Society, the American String Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association. She currently owns a music studio where she gives private music lessons in Austin, Texas.


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