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

Since 1988, the all-women Tiptons Sax Quartet have been creating unparalleled musical splendor, covering genres from micro-big band to minimalism, from bluegrass to Balkan, from gospel to whimsical jazz to nocturnal funk.

Pre-order their 14th album ‘Wabi-Sabi’ now!

Listen to the Tiptons here.

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

Billy Tipton was born on on December 29, 1914 as Dorothy Lucille Tipton in Oklahoma City, OK. Tipton grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  Though not allowed to join the high school band as a female, Tipton studied piano and saxophone privately, and quickly became an accomplished musician.

In 1933 Tipton auditioned for a traveling big band. Knowing the reality of discrimination based on gender, Tipton bound their chest and dressed as a man. They were accepted into the band and toured for several months. While in the band, they became involved with the lead female singer who taught Tipton the ins-and-outs of passing as a man in public and private.

Tipton achieved a successful music career throughout the Northwestern States of America as a band leader, recording artist, radio show host and booking agent. Tipton married five times and legally adopted two sons with their final partner, hiding their gender so successfully that only two cousins and the first two partners knew that Tipton was born a woman. Only after their death in 1989 was the secret publicly revealed.

Billy Tipton followed their passion for music against all odds. In homage to this courageous person, The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums have passionately created their music in collaboration with artists world-wide for 30 years.

Billy Tipton circa 1950

 

BACK TO EUROPE again

for our Spring 2020 WABI SABI-CORONA SHMORONA TOUR!

We’ve been busy! In January 2020, we recorded 11 amazing and scintillating new compositions for Wabi Sabi (our 14th album!) at Studio Litho in Seattle.
The CDs and LPs are in production, will arrive at our label chef’s grotto in Salzburg at any any moment! We are presenting the album in Europe.

TIPTONS SAX QUARTET 2020 WABI SABI-CORONA SHMORONA TOUR:

Tues, 3 March: JENA, D @ Cafe Wagner

Weds, 4 March: POHRSDORF bei Tharand bei Dresden, D @ Saxstall

Thurs, 5 March: CHEMNITZ, D @ WELTECHO

Sat, 7 March: VILLACH, A @ Musik Schule ~ WORKSHOP 1000-1600

Sat, 7 March: KRANJ, SLO @ Trainstation Subart, 2100

Sun, 8 March: UDINE, I @ TeatrOsaria, 2100

Tues, 10 March: HECHINGEN, D @ Villa Eugenia, 1900

Fri, 13 March: SALZBURG, A @ Jazzit, 2000

Sat, 14 March: SCHIO, I @ Centro Stabile della Cultura

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.

osztrak negativ

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!

COOKBOOK COVER SQUARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!