Singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist Nicole Saphos’ musical identity can be categorized somewhere snugly 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 two critically acclaimed albums, Tiptoe [2016] and Buzz & Bloom [2018], and has performed at venerated venues such as The Kennedy Center, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. 

In her latest musical endeavor—the thirteen-track live album Takoma Sessions — the Nicole Saphos Band delivers a sequence of groove-heavy, pop-sensible originals, complimented by bold vocal harmonies. The live album was recorded in Takoma Park, MD over the course of three in-studio concerts in the Fall of 2019, and will be released alongside a short film highlighting the concert series and recording process. With a stylistic nod to artists like Dirty Projectors and Aimee Mann, the band’s musicality is precise, and especially impactful throughout the live performances captured on Takoma Sessions.

In its current iteration, the Nicole Saphos Band, features vocal harmonies sung by Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary (of the celebrated folk duo ‘The Sweater Set’), John Lee on guitar, Ele Rubenstein on drums, and Saphos on lead vocals, upright bass, and keyboard.

Tiptoe [2016] and Buzz & Bloom [2018] are available for download everywhere. Limited edition CD & Vinyl are available only at