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Sue Orfield

Sue Orfield is an award winning tenor saxophonist, composer and educator who tours internationally and has recorded on hundreds of albums. She makes her home in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin, where in addition to teaching privately and writing/arranging music, she freelances both as a side person and as a musical director.

From 2014 - 2017, Sue was the host of her own TV Show, The Sue Orfield Show, in which she featured local musicians/bands with interviews and a concert filmed in front of a live audience.

Over the years Sue has shared the stage with many musical greats, among them Bo Diddley, Bobby McFerrin, The Indigo Girls, Ann Wilson (Heart), Dizzy Gillespie, Ivan Neville, and Jo Dee Messina. She currently tours with The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums. The Tiptons have just recorded and released (April 2021) their 14th album, Wabi Sabi.


website: www.sueorfield.com

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From Volume One’s Chippewa Valley Reader Poll: 2008, Sue Orfield Band voted #2 Jazz Band 2009, Sue Orfield Band voted #1 Jazz Band 2010, Sue Orfield Band voted #2 Rock Band 2011, Sue Orfield Band voted #2 Jazz Band 2012, Sue Orfield Band voted #3 Jazz Band 2013, Sue Orfield Band voted #2 Blues Band 2014, new category created: Best Sue Orfield 2015, winner of Most Outstanding Sue Orfield category (!) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, Sue Orfield Band voted #1 Blues Band 2020, Sue Orfield voted #2 Best Individual Musician 2021, Sue Orfield Band voted #1 Blues Band and #1 Jazz Band 2021, Sue Orfield voted #2 Best Individual Musician


November 16, 2011

Jazz Face: Sue Orfield

“...Sax Goddess Sue Orfield...” Nick Meyer, Volume One (Eau Claire, WI); January 2013

“Sax guest Sue Orfield, a powerhouse jazzwoman from Wisconsin, blew the roof off the sucka with her tenor solos.” Surowicz, Star Tribune (entertainment) (Minneapolis, MN); November 2012

“Orfield turned up the heat beyond boil....Orfield is one of the most powerful, most songful, most spirited tenor players I’ve heard. And her art, and her joy, went viral at the AQ (Artists’ Quarter). Let it spread far and wide.” Andrea Canter, Jazz Ink (Minneapolis, MN); November 2011

“...and the most amazing thing is that Sue Orfield isn’t a national artist with a major record deal.” Malcom Kennedy, The Washington Blues Society Bluesletter (Seattle, Washington); August 2011

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


BA in Music from Lawrence University, 1990 Hours and rates available on request

Clinic/Workshop Information

Beginning Improv Expressing The Blues The Technique of Emotion

Sonny Rollins
Clark Terry
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
Ella Fitzgerald
voice / vocals
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Joshua Redman
Mark O'Connor


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Take That Back

Shifting Paradigm Records


Dodged It

From: Take That Back
By Sue Orfield

Dirty Secret

From: Take That Back
By Sue Orfield


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