BIG OPEN – by Tina Richerson

Saxophonist, teacher, author and composer, specializes in connecting others to their highest self. Check out her blog here.

Tina seeks to use her life experience and daily efforts and through music, and words to inspire and life others, by so doing, improving the landscape of our shared reality.

Tina grew up a faithful Mormon girl and when she realized she was Gay everything it was the most horrifying moment of her life.

Music, faith and family was the glue that kept her in one piece. From the 5th grade on saxophone became Tina’s voice and freedom.  After a 20 year journey Tina stands on solid ground and is giving back by sharing joy and love through music and  is currently working on her autobiography Reconciliation her life journey as a Gay Mormon.

Tina has a Masters Degree in Saxophone performance, and years of dedicate study has brought Tina opportunities to learn from great teachers such as Don Lanphere (Woody Herman Herd), Robert Miller (Stan Kenton), Mike Brockman (SRJO), Marc Seals, Tom Collier, Cynthia Mullis, Peter Apfelbaum, and all the endless education you can get from You Tube and the Charlie Parker Omni Book!

“Tina Plays like she has angles and demons whispering to her at the same time.  The result is always surprising and enlightening”

Daniel Barry

Currently Tina is living in Portland Oregon working to complete her book and is accepting private students. Past musical projects include Tina Richerson Jazz Quartet with Pianist Eva Novoa, Michael Bates and Rob Garcia the Tina Richerson Trio with Ruben Radding and Andrew Drury, Big Daddy and the Dads and Hard Bop or Naught.  Tina is a member of the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet and Drums, and tours withSinger Songwriter and Musical Composer Erin McKeown.  While living in New York City she played with The Circus Amok Band,  Dawn Drake and Zapote, The Unemployed Fortune Tellers, Terry Dames Monkey on a Rail, the Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Geo Wythe, Viva Deconcini’s Rock and Roll Burlesque and others.

Tina moved to New York City in 2006 after 10 years in Seattle where she co-led jazz quintet “Hard Bop or Naught” with trumpeter Erik Esvelt, was a member of Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra, Mallet Jazz, Love Must Swing, and a played extensively in the Seattle Big Band scene.

“Up Against the Rail!” is Tina Richerson’s only album to date, recorded with Reuben Radding and Andrew Drury. She has recorded 5 albums with the Tiptons, with Electric VivaGeo WyethEmma and others.  She also recorded the music track to the Television Show “This Old House” which aired in April of 2009.

Richerson started playing saxophone at the age of 11.  She started private lessons after rebuilding her first car engine to drive the 400 mile round trip to study with the Professor of Saxophone at the Univeristy of Idaho at age 16.  She later graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.M. and attended the University of Washington where she graduated with a Master of Music in saxophone performance.

Richerson has recently relocated to Portland Oregon to leave near her family and complete her autobiography Reconciliation.