Nicole is thrilled to announce the release of her new EP "Buzz & Bloom" - released March 30, 2018 with Local Woman Records


All music and lyrics by Nicole Saphos

The Band: John Lee (guitar), Ele Rubenstein (drums), & Nicole Saphos (bass/vocals)

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jeff Gruber at Blue House Productions

Photography by Ana Isabel 

Graphic Design by Julia Johnson

Funding for this project was supported in part by a grant from the Montgomery County Arts Council. 


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

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


Previous events

Nicole Saphos @ Sofar DC


NS Trio w/ Beth Cannon & Ele Rubenstein

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"BUZZ & BLOOM" VINYL RELEASE PARTY w/ Run come see & Sam McCormally of Fellow Creatures

Milkboy Arthouse, 7416 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

Doors @ 7:30pm | Music starts @ 8pm Tickets: $10 advance | $15 day of

RUN COME SEE is a project of DC musicians Lauren Calve (slide guitar/vox), John Figura (guitar/vox), Tom Liddle (bass/vox), and Fred James (drums). Each bringing their own sensibilities of songwriting to the band, Run Come See is a distillation of soulful blues, rock, and country. Join us as we explore our shared love of Americana.

SAM MCCORMALLY is a composer, songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist from Washington, DC. Sam is the founding member of the bands Ugly Purple Sweater and Fellow Creatures and regularly collaborates with a variety of musicians as a solo artist.

NICOLE SAPHOS is a DC based indie jazz singer-songwriter and bassist. She formed her trio In 2012, which has coalesced around drummer Ele Rubenstein and guitarist John Lee. In Fall 2016, Nicole released her critically acclaimed debut album, "Tiptoe".

Her 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 Nellie McKay. RTP music blog calls the EP "jazzy and engaging without sacrificing a shred of pop sensibility".

Buzz & Bloom: Live In-Studio Performance

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Blue House Studios, 4213 Howard Ave C, Kensington, MD 20895

Live in-studio performance featuring all the music from Nicole's new EP, "Buzz & Bloom"!

DOORS @ 8:30pm. MUSIC @ 9pm. BYOB. Limited Seating Available. The Band: John Lee (guitar), Ele Rubenstin (drums) & Nicole Saphos (bass & vox).

TICKETS: General Admission: $17 online/$20 door.
General Admission + digital download: $22. VIP (reserved seating & signed CD): $28. VIP VINYL (reserved seating & signed vinyl): $38

A Conversation with Nicole Saphos

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The Electric Maid, 268 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC 20012

This month, the Maryland Music and Politics Discussion Group welcomes guest artist Nicole Saphos to talk about her career as a musician, performing in the DMV, and her albums as a bandleader: the critically acclaimed Tiptoe (2016) and her recently released Buzz and Bloom (2018).

As always, this event is free and open to the public. Join us to share your thoughts, ask questions, and hear from the area's brightest up-and-coming artists.

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