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!
On the road again! Thanks again to everyone who has contributed toward our Indiegogo fundraising campaign for ‘tiny lower case’. We so appreciate your support and can’t wait to bring this music to you live in person – as well as through CD’s and downloads!
In August The Tiptons will be returning to California to join forces with dear friend Scott Amendola on drums. We’ll be playing 2 enchanting concerts at Duende in Oakland on the 21 & 22 August, then on the 23rd we’ll play a house party in Chico (please contact us for further information!). We’ll finish this fun run in Arcata for a fabulous festival on 24 August, where we’ll be sharing the stage with Jenny Scheinman.
In September, we’re headed to Colorado! We are excited to be at the Shine Gathering Place on 9/25 for two sets! Then we are off to the Mile High City (Denver, CO) for a residency at Metropolitan State University at Denver ~ teaching master classes and meeting the students (and probably learning just as much from them as they will from us!). We’ll be playing two separate sets at the fabulous Dazzle Jazz Club and Restaurant on Thursday 26 September, and give a final performance at Metro State U. on Friday the 27th. The impeccable and amazing Chris Stromquist will be on drums.
Hello Tiptons Friends and Fans all around the world – we have excellent news! We recorded our 12th CD in beautiful ITALY and are working hard to bring it to you this Fall! Please contribute to our campaign to fund ‘tiny lower case’ and share this with your friends! Thank you!
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While touring in Europe this past March, we passed three jam-packed days at Digitube Studios in Mantova, recording ten brand new original tunes, inviting Italian singer Peppe Voltarelli to join us on ‘Amara Terra Mia’, and a Led Zepplin/Carpenters mash-up that must heard to be believed!!
If you heard our music before, you may know the Tiptons Sax Quartet was started in Seattle in 1988, first as the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet. Over the years and with continued love and support from fans all over, we shortened our name and expanded our repertoire. You may also be aware that we’ve been touring with beloved Austrian drummer Robert Kainar for the last three years. But many folks don’t know we also love SINGING! Vocals have been a part of our sound before, but this album brings more vocal love and expertise than any prior Tiptons recording.
You are going to love “tiny lower case”! These new songs are a mix of ska, punk, funk, jazz, spoken word, rock mash-ups, anthems, songs of joy, noise bop and traditional Italian music. Not only are the tunes rich in imagery and sound but honestly, the horn section of Amy, Sue, Jessica and Tina has never sounded tighter or more luscious. Playing with drummer Robert Kainar, their deep musical connection, freedom of expression and love of making music together will captivate and excite you. Kainar adds his own unique blend of playful precision and 3-ring-circus spirit. Chances are if you live in the U.S. you have not seen us perform with Robert as we only tour with him in Europe, though we have plans to bring him across the pond soon! In addition we were graced in the studio with rich, beautiful, humorous, and melodramatic vocals of good friend and singer/composer Peppe Voltarelli! He joined us from Florence, Italy to add an unanticipated and addictive spice to a few songs!
We want to share this music with you and everyone in the world! There is nothing that gives us more joy than sharing our music and render the tapping of your helpless toes!! We are very excited about this recording and we have completed the initial recording and but we still need to pay for it! Then of course we need to pay for mixing… ( Jessica flew from New York to Seattle so she and Amy could complete that in April) then Mastering, CD artwork (original design by Jessica Lurie!) and production and promotion. Touring is another huge expense for us, including plane tickets, van rental, hotels, food, gas and Tina and Jessica need their van snacks! We want to be able to get this album produced and sent to you, and we need your help to do it.
We are headed off to Northern California in August to kick off the release of “tiny lower case”! You do not have to wait till we are on tour in your area before you can get a copy! If you help us today, we can send you a signed copy when it arrives in August! In fact we have lots of perks to match contributing levels. Every little bit helps and we try to offer something for everyone.
We are musicians and artists. We live to create and share music with you and your friends and families. With your support, we are able to do this and not come home empty handed.
For those of you who can’t give money you can still help us out by spreading the word! Send this onto your music loving friends and family. If you love what the Tiptons do and how we do it, let the world know by use the Indiegogo share tools!
Thank you so much for helping and sustaining The Tiptons. Together we can change the world through music!
Mixing went well with Mell Dettmer & stupendous sounds are on the way! It’s an amazing assortment of music from Jessica, Tina, Sue and Amy, with the lovely Robert Kainar on various drums, metal pieces and brazilian percussion. You’ll hear singings and sonic bringings of all kinds on our new songs! World Soul! Tiny Lower Case will be published in June by Zipa!/Spoot Music & Sowiesound Records. Soon it’ll be available for download! Stay tuned for more details!
We are having a great time in Europe! The shows have been fabulous! Thank you to everyone who has made us feel so welcome and come out to watch us play! We have added a show on March 7th in Istria, Slovenija! Here are the remaining tour dates in Europe, and then we have a couple shows in the Northeast when we get back! See you soon!
06 March @ Faenza, IT
07 March @ Faenza, IT
08 March @ Istria
09 March @ Gaspoltzhofen, AT
11 March @ NYC @ Nublu
12 March @ East Greenwich, RI
17 Feb @ Rosenheim, DE
18 Feb @ Bolzano, IT
20 Feb @ Bologna, IT
21 Feb @ Grenoble, FR
22 Feb @ TBA
23 Feb @ St Croix Volvestre, FR
25 Feb @ TBA
26 Feb @ TBA
27 Feb @ Udine, IT
28 Feb @ Seekirchen am Wallersee, AT
1 March @ Michaelbeuern Abbey, AT
2 March @ Michaelbeuern Abbey, AT
3 March @ Schio, IT
6 March @ Faenza, IT
7 March @ TBA
8 March @ Gallneukirchen, AT
9 March @ Gaspoltzhofen, AT
Thank you Seattle! The weekend Mythunderstandings shows were a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out! We are making a Kickstarter project to raise money to help fund our European tour and recording a new CD with a lot of the new music generated from Mythunderstandings. Exciting stuff! Thank you for your continued support! [photo credit: Chris Davis]