Jessica Lurie

Lurie appearing with the Tiptons at Bumbershoot 2008.

Jessica Lurie is an American composer, performance artist and woodwind player,[1] originally hailing from Seattle and now living in Brooklyn, New York.[2]

Lurie first gained notice as a member of The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, an all-female horn ensemble who released its first album in 1993.[3] In 1995, she also had a first release with the group Living Daylights, which performs jazz-jamband music.[4][5] She has also performed as the leader of the Jessica Lurie Ensemble since 2002.[6]

Jessica has performed, toured or recorded with international artists such as Bill Frisell, The Indigo Girls, Vinicio Capossela, Marc Ribot, Marty Ehrlich, Wayne Horvitz, Sleater-Kinney, Circus Amok, Les Claypool, Nels Cline, Mike Clark, and Great Small Works, among others. Lurie started her music label Zipa!Music in 2000.

Her CD Megaphone Heart released in 2012 features Todd Sickafoose on bass, Erik Deutsch on keys, Allison Miller percussion and Brandon Seabrook on guitars, etc.

Jessica's touring groups include jazz and alternative music artists. Her current New York line-up features Todd Sickafoose on acoustic bass (best known for his work with Ani DiFranco), Allison Miller on drums (Natalie Merchant) and Erik Deutsch on keyboard. Other regular guests include Scott Amendola (drums, Madeline Peyroux), Jon Evans (bass, Tori Amos), Nels Cline (guitar, Wilco) and Julie Wolf (piano, Ani diFranco) as well as Italian musicians Zeno de Rossi (drums), Danilo Gallo (bass) and Giorgio Pacorig (piano).

She has composed music for several films: Strange Frame (animation); "No Sleep Won't Kill You" (2010) by Croatian filmmaker Marko Mestrovic co-scored with composer Abraham Gomez-Delgado.; "Fibonacci Bread" short animation by Croatian artist Danijel Zezelj


With Eyvind Kang

With Jon Madof's Zion80


  1. Hudson, J.J. (29 January 2004). Jazz musician to bring one of her three avant-garde groups to Chico, Chico Enterprise-Record
  2. (15 May 2009). SXSW artist interview: Jessica Lurie,
  3. Gottschalk, Kurt (5 September 2009). Jessica Lurie: Shop of Wild Dreams & Laws of Motion,, Retrieved June 15, 2011
  4. Blumenthal, Bob (13 April 2001). LIVING DAYLIGHTS RELUCTANTLY EMBRACES `JAM BAND' LABEL, Boston Globe
  5. (19 September 2002). Living Daylights, Cincinnati CityBeat
  6. Heckman, Don (8 April 2002). Lurie Plays Up Vocal Skills, Los Angeles Times
  7. Graybow, Steven (16 September 2000). Living Daylights Illuminate Seattle Scene, Billboard (magazine)
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