Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra
Dubbed the city’s 'Best Lounge Act' by New York Magazine, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra have been playing an edgy brand of jazz/folk/alternative nosh with a chewy singer-songwriter center for 15 years. With melancholy wit and a cockeyed worldview, frontman Lipton and bandmates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass), and Vito Dieterle (sax) deliver original songs steeped in mixed-message sincerity and soul. The band has appeared at Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MOCA, Pitchfork Paris, Theate de la Ville, SF Jazz, All Tomorrow’s Parties, the Gate in London, and Grand Performances, and has been featured on NPR and in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Along with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, and Toshi Reagon, Lipton received one of the Pub’s first New York Voices commissions. The band won an Obie Award for its show “No Place to Go” and was nominated for a Lortel for “The Outer Space,” both produced by the Public and directed by Leigh Silverman.
"Hilarious, twisted, sophisticated, schleppy and sad all at once...songs that take the mundane of life and twist it."-NPR
"Sweet melodies, songs that are both intricate and immediate, hilarious moments, heartbreaking moments, a great band, and a charismatic performer up front to deliver it all." –Popmatters
"Ethan Lipton is to lounge lizardry what Peter Sellers's Inspector Clouseau is to policing, presenting his singular, funny-miserable take on life via jazzy, brass-festooned songs. It's good stuff."-Time Out NY