“Jazzy and engaging without sacrificing a shred of pop sensibility”
“Technically formidable and immensely communicative, her performances grab you by the ear and refuse to let you go. ”
— Raul de Gama, Jazz Sensibilities
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nicole Saphos’ musical identity can be categorized somewhere between jazz and indie rock. Upon graduating from Temple University in 2012 with a Jazz Performance degree, the Los Angeles native relocated to DC, and began her professional music career in earnest. To date, she’s released three critically acclaimed albums, and has performed at venerated venues such as The Kennedy Center, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Downbeat Magazine describes her as a ‘distinctive & warm presence on the bandstand’.
Drawing inspiration from artists’ such as Thelonious Monk, Fiona Apple and Dirty Projectors, Nicole’s distinct musicality stems from her upbringing as a jazz instrumentalist, vocalist, and avid listener of alternative pop music. Her latest release, Takoma Sessions , was recorded live over the course of a three-part concert series that took place at Tonal Park studio in Maryland. Featuring the full musical prowess of Nicole’s 5-piece band (Nicole Saphos Band), the twelve-track live album delivers a sequence of groove-heavy, pop-friendly originals, complimented by bold vocal harmonies.
Returning to the City of Brotherly Love earlier this year, Nicole is focused on completing a new full length album, Figure Eights, which she hopes to release in 2022.