Jessica Lurie is an internationally renowned composer, performance artist, and woodwind-er, originally hailing from Seattle and now living in New York. She joined the Tiptons in 1992. She also performs with and composes for her own groups: The Jessica Lurie Ensemble (JLE), The Living Daylights Trio (Seattle), latin funk group La Buya (NYC) and the balkan brass band The Zagnuts (NYC). Lurie started her own music label Zipa!Music in 2000. She has collaborated in a wide range of musical styles and multi-media projects with international artists such as Bill Frisell, The Indigo Girls, Danijel Zezelj, Amy Denio, NYC's Circus Amok, Carlo Actis Dato, Nels Cline, Skerik, Les Claypool, The Jacob Fred Jazz Oddessy, The Pat Grainey Dance Company, Scott Amendola, Eyvind Kang, Wayne Horvitz, Allison Miller, Sleater Kinney, the Berkeley Symphony, and Steven Berstein. She has 22 CD releases with her various groups and as a side-person or collaborator. Her projects have received support from CEC Artslink, The National Performance Network, Arts International, Artist Trust, the Seattle, King County and Washington State Arts Commissions, Earshot Jazz, The Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, The Croatian Ministry of Culture, Topolo, and the Jack Straw Institute among others.