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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

“… More than 30 years along, the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet and Drums are
sounding better than ever. Inspired by countless memorable collaborations
with musicians from around the world, this group is setting a high bar for
arrangements and compositions featuring multiple horns. Their powerful,
confident sound combines jazz and classical music with funk and folk music
from the broad reach of humanity.” Abe Beeson, KNKX Seattle Public Radio

THE TIPTONS SAXOPHONE QUARTET & DRUMS are an internationally renowned all-female saxophone quartet with drums, celebrating over 30 years as a band. Amy Denio (alto sax, clarinet, voice) is joined by co-leader Jessica Lurie (soprano/alto/tenor sax, voice), Sue Orfield (tenor sax, voice), Tina Richerson (baritone sax, voice) and Robert Kainar
(drums, percussion) from Salzburg, Austria. The Tiptons’ material ranges from
micro-Big Band to Gospel, Bluegrass to Balkan, whimsical Chamber Jazz, and nocturnal Funk to Free Jazz Improvisation using saxophones, clarinet, their voices, drums, and inventive percussion to create a genre-busting ‘world soul’ sound.

The band takes its name in honor of Billy Tipton, a female-born saxophonist and pianist who lived their life as a man in the 20th century to realize their dreams as a professional musician



Billy Tipton   circa 1950



• October 22 & 23, 2021, Mujer o Bruja? (Woman or Witch?)  Seattle, WA.  The Chapel Performance Space

On October 22 & 23, 2021, The Tiptons Sax Quartet will premiere their 
new multimedia project Mujer o Bruja? (Woman or Witch?) at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle, in collaboration with award-winning Latin American music duo Correo Aereo and digital artist Jing ‘Jude’ Dai, and directed by Madeleine Sosin. Mujer o Bruja will be be featured in the Earshot Jazz Festival, and is co-sponsored by Nonsequitur as part of their Wayward Music Series. It is funded in part by an award from 4Culture (King County, Washington).

WEST COAST USA TOUR March 8  – 27, 2022

The Tiptons will be touring again in Spring 2022 and are currently booking dates for the West Coast for March  and for Europe in October. Please CONTACT US if you are interested in bookings!

EUROPEAN TOUR October 2022 Currently booking!

Our fabulous 14th recording Wabi Sabi features eleven new compositions for saxophones, voice and drums. This powerful collection of new music illustrates beauty in our chaotic world, and is inspired by the Japanese philosophy “Wabi Sabi” which encourages us to “find beauty and take pleasure in the imperfect”.  Compositions by all of the members of the band that explore modern field hollers, the hum of tires on the Autobahn, tricks for the mind, a yodeling deconstruction, popping funk for December’s doldrums, upbeat grooves for bad people with good intentions, this music delivers pure joy! Wabi Sabi will galvanize your senses and take you on a vivid journey through unforgettable soundscapes.