Brooklyn-based Jessica Lurie is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer, performing on saxophones, flute, clarinet, voice, accordion and electronics. She is a classically trained flautist and has studied jazz performance on saxophone and flute as well as composition at Wesleyan University.
She performs in many styles of music, including jazz, funk, blues, latin, klezmer, balkan and classical. Her Jessica Lurie Ensemble has received critical acclaim from Downbeat, Emusic, Jazz Times, and more for her latest CD, Megaphone Heart (ZipaMusic, 2012).
Known for "melding lyrical pop, stinging rock, rhythmic Eastern European folk music and improvisation-heavy jazz with a dose of free-wheeling avant-groove-meets-grind" (Dan Oulette), she has toured the US and Europe numerous times with her Ensemble, and as member of the Tiptons Sax Quartet and the Living Daylights Trio. Highlight appearances include the NYC Winter Jazz Fest, Vienna Klezmore Festival, SXSW, Motovun International Film Festival, Athens Babel Arts Festival, Earwing No Jazz, JVC Jazz Festival, CMJ, High Sierra Music Festival, Canadian Music Festival, Bumbershoot International Music Festival and the Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival.
As a side-person, composer and collaborator, Jessica is featured on over 50 recordings. She has worked with international artists including David Krakauer, Bill Frisell, Chuck D & The Fine Arts Militia, The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Karl Denson, Frank London, Vinicio Caposella, Otto Lechner, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Jacob Fred Jazz Odessy, Kenny Wolleson, Bernie Worrell and Ivan Neville. She composes for multi-media, dance, theater and film, and has collaborated on over 20 multi-media works with visual artist Danijel Zezelj, Great Small Works and NYC's Circus Amok.