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WTJU Presents The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet

The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet

The concert by The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, originally scheduled for Gravity Lounge on April 14th, will now be held at UVA's Garrett Hall at 7:30 pm.. For directions and more information, please contact The Charlottesville Jazz Society at (434) 249-6191.

On Tuesday April 14th The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM will present The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet at Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville. This one-of-a-kind all female sax quartet with drums is based both in New York and Seattle. Since 1991, their unforgettable live performances have graced festivals throughout North America and Europe. They have also given presentations on Women In Jazz, and Music & Dance from various cultures.

The Billy Tipton Memorial Sax Quartet (BTMSQ) was originally 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. With a repertoire that ranges from New Orleans second-line to R & B, from Afro-Cuban to Balkan, Klezmer and beyond, the Tiptons create some of the wildest sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet. Their dynamic, playful concerts feature high-energy interaction between members, and a repertoire that touches on soulful music from around the world. Though called a sax quartet, all members also sing and occasionally dance. The Tiptons have appeared at venues and music festivals worldwide including: The North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands); du Maurier Jazz Festival (Canada);

Founding member Jessica Lurie is an internationally renowned composer, performance artist, sax and flute player, originally hailing from Seattle and now living in New York. She also performs with and composes for her own groups: The Jessica Lurie Ensemble (JLE), The Living Daylights, and Latin funk group La Buya (NYC). Co-founder and Seattle resident Amy Denio has many recordings out under her own 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 at Gravity Lounge April 14th are available at the door for $15 general admission, and $7 for students. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and music will begin at 7:30. Artists accommodations donated by The Hampton Inn and Suites. For more information, call (434) 239-6191, or visit The Charlottesville Jazz Society.

The Tiptons at Gravity Lounge

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