April 6, 2009 — WTJU-FM, the University of Virginia's public radio station, and Charlottesville Jazz Society will present The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet at U.Va.'s Garrett Hall on April 14.
This one-of-a-kind all-female sax quartet with drums is based both in New York and Seattle. Since 1991, they've performed at festivals throughout North America and Europe, including the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands and du Maurier Jazz Festival in Canada, and given presentations on women in jazz and music and dance from various cultures.
The Billy Tipton Memorial Sax Quartet was founded in 1988, named in honor of big band saxophonist and pianist Billy Tipton, following the post-mortem 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. Their repertoire ranges from New Orleans second-line to R&B, from Afro-Cuban to Balkan, Klezmer and beyond. Though called a sax quartet, all members also sing and occasionally dance.
Founding member Jessica Lurie is an internationally renowned composer, performance artist, sax and flute player, originally from Seattle and now living in New York. She also performs with and composes for her own groups: The Jessica Lurie Ensemble, The Living Daylights and Latin funk group La Buya.
Co-founder and Seattle resident Amy Denio has many recordings to her name, performing on voice, accordion, saxophones, clarinet, electric guitar and bass. Highly regarded reed players Sue Orfield and Tina Richardson round out the group, which will be augmented for this tour by drummer Chris Stromquist.
Tickets for The Tiptons concert are available at the door for $15 general admission and $5 for students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and music will begin at 7:30.
For information, call 434-239-6191, or visit the Charlottesville Jazz Society.