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The Tiptons Sax Quartet cover genres from micro-big band, gospel, bluegrass, and Balkan to whimsical jazz and nocturnal funk. The Tiptons have been touring Europe and the US since 1993 and have released 10 recordings. The Tiptons Sax Quartet are Amy Denio, Jessica Lurie, Tina Richerson, and Sue Orfield. Enjoy the driving force of horn splendor created by this historic all-women sax quartet! Listen to the Tiptons and we thank you for your support!

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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European Tour in May, 2016!

The Tiptons Sax Quartet are returning to Europe in May 2016!                               
We’ve been creating new material, and shining up our greatest hits!!!

We’ll be playing in some new venues, and returning to some of our favorites ~ the historic TAKTLOS Festival at the Rote Fabrik in Zurich, the SAXSTALL in Pohrsdorf bei Tharand bei Dresden, Germany; and we’ll be collaborating again with the Chorus at the Michaelbeuern Benedictine Abbey in Austria. We are happy to return to Pisa (13.5), Montisi (SI) (14.5) and Rome (15.5) again too!

We will spend a few days in an excellent studio in Salzburg, recording our next CD. We’ll keep you posted.

The Tiptons tour the ‘Left Coast’ again! March, 2016

Hello Friends ~

We are thrilled! In March, 2016 The Tiptons will be sharing our magic music in concert along the Pacific Coast, joined by amazing and delightful drummer Tarik Abouzied. The tour kicks off for a stellar night at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle, then we play Olympia and Vancouver WA, Corvallis and Portland OR. We’ll finish in Arcata CA. Short but sweet!

Please come say hello at one of our concerts, we’d love to see you.
Bring friends, it’s always more fun.


Sunday March 6th ~ 8pm
SEATTLE WA @ The Tractor Tavern $10
This night is featuring a great line up of artists starting with Crystal Beth, the Tiptons will follow and the night ends with Full Fathom Five.

Wednesday March 9th ~ 8pm
OLYMPIA WA @ Arthouse Designs $15
420 Franklin Street SE / Olympia, WA,

Thursday March 10th ~ 5:30-7:30pm
SEATTLE WA @ Seattle Art Museum
FREE with museum admission!
Part of Earshot Jazz’s The Art Of Jazz Concert Series

Friday March 11th Noon-12:45pm
CORVALLIS, OR @ Oregon State University FREE!
Tiptons will play the Music a la Carte series. Bring your lunch!

Friday Mar. 11th – 8 pm
VANCOUVER, WA @ Salon Party $20
Contact sueorfield at gmail dot com for tickets and reservations.

Saturday March 12th – 8pm
PORTLAND, OR @ Analog Cafe $10

Sunday March 13th – 8pm
ARCATA, CA @ The Arcata Playhouse $16-18.

Tiptons on Science Friday! (PRI)

Composer Amy Denio created the song ‘Strange Flowers’ for the Tiptons, inspired by Rafil Kroll Zaidi’s research findings about bees in his scientific column ‘FINDINGS’ for Harper’s Magazine. This strange dark piece became the title track to the Tiptons’ recording STRANGE FLOWER.

Author Kroll Zaidi has just published FINDINGS, a fantastic illustrated book of excerpts from this column, and was recently interviewed by Public Radio International for SCIENCE FRIDAY. Denio was invited to be part of the conversation!

Listen to this very entertaining interview! The broadcast aired on December 25, 2015.

Lyrics used by permission from Kroll Zaidi & Harper’s Magazine:
Honeybees who waggle dance are head butted by their hivemates when danger is present.

Bees can remember human faces, but only if they are tricked into thinking that we are strange flowers.

Tiptons April 2015 European Tour!! April 16 – May 4

Ciao a Tutti! We are excited and getting things in order for our Spring European tour – we’ll be performing in Austria, Germany and Italy. Below is the short list but please see our calendar page for more detailed information and updates!

Other news – we had a very successful west coast Mythunderstandings tour in January, performing our live music, video and storytelling perfromance piece with Salish storyteller Paul “Che-okten” Wagner in Seattle and Arcata, Ca. We also toured all the way down to Santa Monica from Seattle, wowing audiences of all ages. We also got to teach some really fun workshops to students at the Cornish School of music in Seattle as well as the Humboldt State University music dept. There were some unforgettable moments of improvisation and conduction! We were able to film the Mythunderstandings piece for 3 nights and are now editing the editing the footage.  We’ll have a short promo and also full documentary film done soon!

Thanks for supporting live and new music!




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