Sue Orfield plays the tenor saxophone with the whimsy of Sonny Rollins, the passion of Kurt Cobain, the soul of Bill Withers, and the joy of Ella Fitzgerald. Along with a compelling mastery of her instrument, Sue brings to the stage a powerful presence and joy of all things musical.|
Sue has played with many musical greats over the years, including Bo Diddley, Bobby McFerrin, The Indigo Girls, Ann Wilson (Heart), Dizzy Gillespie, Ivan Neville, Jo Dee Messina, among others. She tours internationally with several groups, including The Tiptons Sax Quartet (formerly The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet) (Seattle/NYC), and Ellen Whyte (Portland).
Sue was voted "Best Horn" by the Washington Blues Society for the years 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Her own group, The Sue Orfield Band (SOB), highlights Orfield’s talents as a composer as well as a player. SOB was voted Best Jazz Band in Volume One’s "Best Of The Chippewa Valley 2009" reader poll (Eau Claire, WI) . Then in 2010, and each year to follow, she and her band have been honored in the Best Rock Band, Best Blues Band, and Best New Album categories. In 2015 and 2016, Volume One ‘invented’ a category for Sue, called ‘The Best Sue Orfield’, which celebrates her unique and diverse musical life, and in 2017 The Sue Orfield Band was voted the Best Blues Band.
Sue makes her home in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin, and plays locally with bands from all over Wisconsin and Minnesota, including AcoustiHoo, The Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra, Catya’s Trio, Two Rivers, The Butanes, Weapons of Brass Destruction, and many more.
For more information about Sue and her doings, please visit www.sueorfield.com.