The Tiptons are an all-female sax quartet with percussion, based in Seattle. This group is a recent reformation of the internationally renowned Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (BTMSQ). The group was started in 1990, 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. All of the members share in composing and arranging. With a repertoire that ranges from New Orleans jump groove to hip-hop, punk to bebop, klezmer and beyond, The Tiptons create some of the wildest sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet. With intense interaction between players, superior musicianship, and high-energy grooves, the Tipstons' live shows are not soon forgotten.

The Tiptons are Amy Denio on alto sax, Jessica Lurie on alto and tenor sax, Sue Orfield on tenor sax, Tobi Stone on baritone sax, and Elizabeth Pupo-Walker on percussion.

Tour dates:
10.23.03 | Boom Boom Room | San Francisco, CA
10.24.03 | Last Day Saloon | San Francisco, CA
10.25.03 | The Jazzschool | Berkeley, CA
10.25.03 | Starry Plough, Berkeley, CA
10.27.03 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
10.38.03 | Siskiyou Brew Pub | Ashland, OR
10.29.03 | Goodfoot Lounge | Portland, OR
10.30.03 | Sam Bond's Garage | Eugene, OR
11.01.03 | The Triple Door | Seattle, WA
11.02.03 | Stuart's Coffee House | Bellingham, WA

[Published on: 10/21/03]

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