Nicole Saphos is an indie-jazz singer, songwriter, and bassist. Upon graduating from Temple University in 2012 with her Jazz Performance degree, the Los Angeles native relocated to DC, formed her own trio, 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. Downbeat Magazine describes her as a ‘distinctive & warm presence on the bandstand’.

Drawing inspiration from a personalized cocktail of musical styles, Nicole’s songwriting reflects her diverse background as a jazz instrumentalist, vocalist, and avid listener of alternative pop music. Her self proclaimed ‘desert island’ inspirational short list includes Dirty Projectors, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and The Beach Boys.

Her latest project, Takoma Sessions is a three part live in-studio concert series showcasing new and original works by the Nicole Saphos Band. Concerts occurred on Oct 4, Nov 1, & Dec 6 of 2019, and took place at Tonal Park; a recording studio and performance space located in the heart of downtown Takoma. All concerts were professionally filmed and recorded, and choice takes have been selected to appear on the Takoma Sessions live album (coming Spring 2020!)

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