The Takoma Sessions: Oct 4, Nov 1, & Dec 6

The Takoma Sessions is a three part live in-studio concert series showcasing new and original works by the Nicole Saphos Band. Concerts will occur from 7:30-9pm on the first Friday of the month for three consecutive months (Oct 4, Nov 1, & Dec 6), and will take place at Tonal Park; a recording studio and performance space located in the heart of downtown Takoma. All concerts will be professionally recorded, and choice takes will be selected to appear on a live compilation album titled, The Takoma Sessions.

Doors open at 7pm, and music will start promptly at 7:30pm (90 minute concert followed by a brief wine/cheese/chocolate reception).

TICKETS: Each ticket includes admission to the live recording at Tonal Park studio. Admission PLUS tickets include a digital copy of the new album when it is released AND an 11x17 signed event poster, which features original artwork by Kalli Saphos.  

The Practice Room: Fall Session (Oct 15 - Nov 26)

Private music instruction with Nicole Saphos & Ele Rubenstein in Takoma Park. All ages and levels welcome!

What is a 'Practice Room'? A practice room can be any space that cultivates sustained focus, creativity, and growth.

During the course of this 6 week session, you can sign up for between 4 - 6 lessons. Pick one area of study, or mix it up! (ex. Lesson 1: voice, Lesson 2: music theory,  Lesson 3: songwriting, Lesson 4: guitar). Lessons are taught out of our home in Takoma Park MD, where we currently have three dedicated “Practice Room” spaces.

Prefer we come to you? No problem! If you have a practice room already set up in you home, and prefer we have lessons there, we are happy to come to you. (An additional fee will be added if your practice room is more than 10 min away from Takoma Park).

It's a Family Affair! $30/lesson flat fee for family members of registered students. 

Limited spaces available - Learn more & Enroll NOW!


Previous events

The Takoma Sessions: Concert I

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Tonal Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Live in-studio concert series showcasing new and original works by the The Nicole Saphos Band (w/ Maureen Andary, Sara Curtin, John Lee & Ele Rubenstein).

Doors open at 7pm, and music will start promptly at 7:30pm (90 minute concert followed by a brief wine/cheese/chocolate reception).

NSB @ Montpelier

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Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

Jazz bassist and singer-songwriter Nicole Saphos is back to grace the Montpelier stage! With a style reminiscent of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and Aimee Mann, Saphos’ jazzy pop is fun for all ages. Downbeat Magazine describes her as a ‘distinctive & warm presence on the bandstand.’ Drummer, Ele Rubenstein and guitarist, John Lee will join Saphos, along with multi-talented musicians Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary, for this evening of entertainment.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members and seniors.

Enter promo code "Live!" to get 50% off tickets.

CapitalBop Spotlight Residency

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Local 16 DC, 1602 U St. NW, Washington DC

Spotlight Residency at Local 16 (NS Trio w/ John Lee & Ele Rubenstein)

Saphos will play back-to-back shows at U Street’s Local 16 on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, as part of CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency, a monthly series highlighting the city’s most original jazz voices. Ticket pre-orders are just $5, and are available now.

NS Trio @ The Alex Speakeasy

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The Graham Georgetown, 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street, Washington, DC 20024

The Sunday series at The Alex Speakeasy welcomes Nicole Saphos and her trio featuring Dave Sanders (gtr) and Ele Rubenstein (drums). The music runs from 6pm to 9pm.

There is no cover charge, but there is a $20 minimum per person.

Street parking in Georgetown is free on Sundays, and there are no zone restrictions. Discounted valet parking is available with restaurant validation. Garage parking is also available nearby, including a $13 weekend rate at Colonial Foundry Garage, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW.

Direct-To-Vinyl Live Session

Leesta Vall Sound Recordings

🎉Just Announced!! On April 19 I’ll be headed to Brooklyn to record a handful of one-of-a-kind 7” vinyl singles with @leestavall as part of their Direct-To-Vinyl Live Sessions project. How it works: You choose the song, and my band will perform it LIVE as the record's cut in real time - making you the only owner of that particular performance. This is literally as personalized as it gets folks.😊 Available exclusively via preorder.

Sofar Sounds NYC

TBD , Brooklyn, NYC

NS Trio w/ Dave Sanders & Ele Rubenstein

*On the event page, use code SOFARSQUAD-90BDD for guaranteed entry (until the show is sold out).

DC Jazz Loft @ Rhizome

Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street NW, Washington DC

This month’s installment of the DC Jazz Loft features bassist/vocalist Nicole Saphos and vibraphonist Chris Barrick, two respected young musicians starting to make waves on the District’s scene.

Like always, things get going at 7 p.m. at Rhizome DC, just steps from the Takoma Metro stop. There are no tickets, just donations collected at the door ($10 suggested) — 100 percent of which go to the performing artists. The event is all-ages. And all musicians who come out are encouraged to bring their instruments; the night will end in an open jam, and anything can happen at the loft.

Firefly single - out now!

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