Bio

"Jazzy and engaging without sacrificing a shred of pop sensibility" - Noah Zucker, Rock the Pigeon Music Blog

For as long as she can remember, jazz bassist and singer-songwriter Nicole Saphos has always gotten lost in the elegant emotionality of The Great American Songbook. Upon graduating from Temple University in 2012, the Los Angeles native relocated to DC, and began her professional music career in earnest. To date, she’s performed at such venerated venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and The Kimmel Center, among others. In 2012, she formed her own trio, which has coalesced around drummer Ele Rubenstein and guitarist John Lee. Downbeat Magazine describes her as a “distinctive & warm presence on the bandstand”. In Fall 2016, she released her critically acclaimed debut album, "Tiptoe".

“Technically formidable and immensely communicative, her performances grab you by the ear and refuse to let you go" -Raul de Gama, Jazz Sensibilities

Nicole's latest release "Buzz & Bloom" (out March 30 w/ Local Woman Records) is a collection of seven original songs, with a style reminiscent of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and Aimee Mann. As for her inspiration for the title, Nicole reveals, “I first came across the phrase ‘buzz and bloom’ in an Adrienne Rich poem, and it struck me as a beautifully succinct way of describing my own creative process, and the anxieties that linger around it”.

The "Buzz & Bloom" EP is supported in part by funding from Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
Digital & CD release: 3/30/18
Vinyl release: 5/4/18