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Jessica Lurie

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Seattle and Brooklyn-based Jessica Lurie, is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, performing on saxophones, flutes, voice, accordion and electronics. She infuses a wide range of musical influences from around the globe into her playing and compositions, exploring folk, funk, soul, rhythmic Eastern European folk music, Latin and African genres and improvisation-heavy jazz and groove. Jessica can be found performing internationally at festivals, universities, clubs, social centers and clinics. She composes for a variety of ensembles as well as multi-media performance, dance, theater and film; an enthusiastic educator, she also designs and leads creative workshops on improvising and composition in the USA and Europe.

Recent highlights include recognition in the 2016 and 2017 Downbeat’s  “Rising Star for Alto Sax” poll, and the celebrated release of her newest recording Jessica Lurie Ensemble: Long Haul in 2018 on Chant Records and Zipa Music, lauded on several “best of 2018” lists (All About Jazz, Bird is the Worm, ZealNYC).

Current projects include The Jessica Lurie Ensemble; Tiptons Saxophone Quartet & Drums;  TEPHRA Sound with Helen Gillet and Nikki Glaspie; Living Daylights jazz-funk trio, Sephardic music group Sophie Salonika, Jewish Afro-beat Zion80; Veveritse Brass Band, Freethiopiques (1970’s inspired Ethiopian jazz/funk) as well as collective improvisation groups Slingshot (with Heather Bentley and Beth Fleenor), the experimental Far Cry Flutes with Robert Dick,Jamie Baum and Elsa Nilsson and Full Fathom Five with Seattle saxophonist Skerik. 

Performances and /or recordings with international artists include Taylor Mac, Devotchka, Helen Gillet, Fred Frith, Billy Martin, Mike Clark, Skerik, John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, OU, Todd Sickafoose, David Krakauer, Bill Frisell, Jenny Scheinman, Bill Horist, Robert Dick,  Jamie Baum, Chuck D,  The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Eyvind Kang, Karl Denson, Frank London,  Allison Miller,  Vinicio Caposella, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Jacob Fred Jazz Odessy, Kenny Wolleson, Sleater Kinney, Bernie Worrell and Ivan Neville among others. She collaborated on over 30 multi-media works with visual artist Danijel Zezelj, theater companies Great Small Works and Circus Amok. 

As a leader, co-leader/collaborator and featured guest, Jessica has recorded extensively, receiving critical acclaim from Billboard, Downbeat, New York Times, eMusic, Jazz Times, All About Jazz, The Seattle Stranger, LA Weekly, Earshot Jazz,and on radio stations worldwide including US National Public Radio, Italian, Austrian, German, Croatian and Slovenian National Radio.