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The Tiptons

1.Darling, Please Don't Wake Me
4.Calder's Circus mp3
7.Gypsy Wedding
8.The Penguin
9.I Will Be Sadder
10.After Before
11.Crni Vlak

nml 0532 2005 51'10"

THE TIPTONS are an all-female sax quartet with percussion, based in Seattle. The group features Jessica Lurie and Amy Denio, original members and the lead composers of the internationally renowned Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (BTMSQ). They are joined by Tobi Stone and Tina Richerson, and percussionist Elizabeth Pupo Walker. All of the members share in composing and arranging - and their dynamic repertoire includes some fabulous singing as well!

In March 2003, The Tiptons produced a five song EP featuring brand new material for the group, and performed at The Women in Movement in New Mexico Music Festival and at the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival in Topeka, Kansas, and toured the West Coast in October, 2003. In February, 2004, they released Tsunami on their own label, and they performed 14 concerts in Italy, Germany, Austria and Slovenia, to much acclaim. They were featured at the 2004 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, recently came back from a fantastic 5-week, 4-country tour in Europe (Feb/March 2005) and will be touring the US west coast in May.

BTMSQ was originally founded in 1988, and chose its name to pay tribute to big band saxophonist and pianist Billy Tipton, following the postmortem revelation that Tipton was actually a woman who lived as a man for more than 50 years. Many believe that this allowed Tipton to pursue a career in the male-dominated world of jazz. Not to be bound by convention, the Tiptons similarly do their own thing. With a repertoire that ranges from New Orleans jump groove to hip hop, punk to East European, klezmer and beyond, the Tiptons create some of the wildest sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet. Their unforgettable, playful concerts feature high-energy interaction between members, and a repertoire that touches on soulful music from around the world.

As BTMSQ they received grants to travel to Tallinn, Estonia, to collaborate and record with Ne Zhdali; to compose music for sax quartet and three Metro buses; to perform and collaborate with Russian musicians at the Goodwill Arts Festival in Seattle, and to research, arrange and perform music by women instrumentalists in jazz. They have worked closely with the Pat Graney Dance Company, and have shared the stage with the likes of the Indigo Girls, Wayne Horvitz, Oliver Lake, Zap Mama, Richard Thompson and Iva Bittova. The group has toured Europe eight times, playing to sold-out houses, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, the MIMI Festival in Arles, France, Horfest in Austria and Klinkende Munt Music Festival in Brussels. They have also been featured at the du Maurier Jazz Festival in Vancouver, BC, 1994 Gay Games in New York City, the Michigan Women's Music Festival, Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle, and performed concerts all over North America.

Amy Denio Alto Sax, voice
Jessica Lurie Alto & Tenor Sax, voice
Tina Richerson Tenor Sax, voice
Tobi Stone Baritone Sax, voice
Elizabeth Pupo-Walker Percussion

"...The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet trooped onstage lugging their arsenal of horns... They unleashed powerhouse unisons, hammering riffs, contrapuntally controlled chaos, fierce counterpoint and sharp solos on a program that ranged from Carla Bley to Los Lobos, from klezmer to Sun Ra."
--Paul De Barros, Down Beat

"The Tiptons have built a solid reputation as a stellar live band, capable of alternating ferocious with delicate, driving with subtle."
-- Martin Johnson, PULSE!

"While the band's technical facility is unimpeachable, what really soared was the spirit of its playing . . . casting their blazing saxophone searchlights down the myriad by ways of their own eclectic jazz map."
--Derk Richardson, East Bay Express

"Looser than the 29th Street, more in than out as ROVA, and hipper than World, this sax quartet is a groove." Mark Corroto, SOS Jazz

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