The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums

Amy Denio Alto Saxophone/Clarinet/Voice,
Jessica Lurie Soprano,Alto & Tenor Saxophone/Voice,
Sue Orfield Tenor Saxophone/Voice,
Tina Richerson Baritone Saxophone/Voice
Robert Kainar Drums/Bells/Whistles

The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums covers genres from micro-big band, gospel, bluegrass, and Balkan to whimsical jazz and nocturnal funk. The Tiptons have been toured Europe and the US since 1993 and have released 13 recordings. The all-women Tiptons Sax Quartet make up a driving force of horn splendor that is unparalleled. Listen to the Tiptons here and thank you for your support.

Amy Denio, Jessica Lurie, Robert Kainar, Tina Richerson, Sue Orfield

Billy Tipton was born Dorothy Lucille Tipton in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,December 29, 1914. Tipton grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  As a high school student became interested in music (especially jazz), playing piano and saxophone. Although Tipton was not allowed to join the school band as a female he studied privately and became and accomplished musician.

In 1933 Tipton auditioned for a traveling big band. Knowing the reality of discrimination based on gender, Tipton bound his breast and dressed in Mens clothing. He was accepted into the band and toured several months. During his time in the band became involved with the lead female singer and she taught him the ins-and-outs of passing as a man in his private life as well as in public.

Tipton achieved a successful music career throughout the Northwestern States of America as a band leader, recording artist, radio show host and booking agent. He was married five times and legally adopted two sons with his last partner. Tipton kept his female gender so secreted only his two cousins and first two partners knew his birth gender. Only after his death in 1989 was his secret was revealed to the public.

The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums is a tribute band to Billy Tipton who lived following his passion for music against all odds. Likewise The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums  goes against conventionalism and follows their passion of creating and sharing original music from the heart.

Billy Tipton circa 1950


the tiptons and saxofour

One of the best experiences we shared this past tour was the magic of collaborating with the formidable ‘Saxofour’ an all male saxophone quartet from Austria. We played new compositions an octet plus drums. Here the concert from Porgy and Bess in Vienna Austria. (March 18, 2019)


European Tour ~ MARCH 2019!

We are delighted to return to Europe in March, 2019 to conquer the Austro-Hungarian Empire with our delightful music & on-stage verve with drummer Robert Kainar!

We will be collaborating with the wonderful sax ensemble SAXOFOUR for many of the concerts!  Please check our calendar page for details.

Of special note is our concert on the ship TRIP in Budapest Hungary for a triple bill with Szakértők Zenekar (The Artisans).

This concert is sponsored in part by Osztrák Kulturális Fórum.

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New videos!

Thanks to everyone for helping us enjoy a beautiful European tour in February and March, 2018.  Though the temperature never got above freezing, and we encountered a lot of snow, we also encountered wonderful warm people everywhere!  We played 18 concerts in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland in 21 days!

Here we are, playing Sue Orfield’s composition Brass Monkey at a concert produced by Fano Jazz, in the beautiful Teatro della Concordia in San Costanzo, Italy:

 

And here is Jessica’s beautiful composition Shop of Wild Dreams, performed at Rossstall in Lambach, Austria.  Filmed and edited by Eddi W.E from Linz:

FABULOUS NEW CD: COOKBOOK

Sowiesound, Zipa! Music, Spoot Music and Red Cedar Music are proud to release the 14th audio recording by the Tiptons Sax Quartet!

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The Tiptons’ 14th audio release COOKBOOK spans a wide range of genres and reaches to the deepest corners of our musical imaginations with saxophones, clarinet, voice, and drums. The Tiptons have taken ingredients from their boundless pantries and spice racks, using flavors inspired by music from New Orleans to Azerbaijan, mixed with tangos, hymns and rollicking sea shanties. You will be entertained by funky grooves and ironic recipes, dynamic improvisations and tasty compositions. Enjoy this aromatic feast for the ears!

Click here to stream and download on Bandcamp!

CD Baby will be distributing the CD starting next week; we’ll keep you posted!

Tiptons Present 2 new CDs in Europe!

The Tiptons return to Europe in March 2017 to present 2 fabulous new recordings: ‘We Love To Meet Again’, recorded with the Michaelbeuern Abbey Stiftschor in Austria, and ‘COOKBOOK’, recorded in Salzburg, Austria.

 2017-03-10  SNOW JAZZ FESTIVAL Sägewerk Bad Hofgastein, A 8:30pm
 2017-03-14  Saxstall Pohrsdorf bei Tharandt bei Dresden, D 7:30pm
 2017-03-16   Circolo Arci Mis(s)kappa Udine, I 8:00pm
 2017-03-18   Centro Stabile della Cultura Schio (VI), I 9:30pm
 2017-03-19   Circolo ARCI Area Sismica Ravaldino in Monte, (FO) I 6:00pm
 2017-03-23  AK-Bildungshaus Jägermayerhof        Linz, A     8:00pm
 2017-03-26 – 3-28 Catania, Sicily

December, 2016: Pacific NW Tour!

The Tiptons will be illuminating the dark days of December, playing our stellar world soul mix ~ with the playful & phenomenal Tarik Abouzied on drums.

Mon 12/12: OLYMPIA, WA @ Rhythm & Rye
Tues 12/13: SEATTLE, WA @ Nectar Lounge ~ we’ll sit in on a few songs with Tarik’s Happy Orchestra
Weds 12/14: KIRKLAND, WA @ Studio East Training Center for the Performing Arts
Thurs 12/15: SEATTLE, WA @ Royal Room
Sat 12/17: SEATTLE, WA @ Private Party

Need music for an event on Friday 12/16?  Tiptons are at your service! We’re also available to teach fun music workshops in schools for any age group.
Contact us!

Midwest Tour September 2016

The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums in Wisconsin and Minneapolis Sept 24-29th with Tarik Abouzied on Drums.

Friday Sept. 23 – Leo & Leona’s, Bangor, WI
Saturday Sept. 24 – Clark Cultural Center, Neillsville, WI – 8pm
Sunday Sept. 25 – Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Menomonie, WI – 7pm  TICKETS

Monday & Tuesday Sept. 26 & 27 -DAYTIME we’ll be teaching music workshops at local Eau Claire High Schools!
Wednesday Sept. 28 – Lawrence University, Appleton, WI – Private
Thursday Sept. 29 – Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN – 10pm  TICKETS

Our Midwest tour is sponsored by Jeff Reitz of Chippewa Valley Instrument Repair & the Lismore Hotel in Eau Claire! We are very grateful for their support !

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