For as long as she can remember, jazz bassist and singer-songwriter Nicole Saphos has always gotten lost in the elegant emotionality of The Great American Songbook. Upon graduating from Temple University in 2012 with a Jazz Performance degree, the Los Angeles native relocated to Washington DC and began her professional music career in earnest. To date, she’s performed at such venerated venues as The Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Downbeat Magazine describes her as a ‘distinctive & warm presence on the bandstand’. Shortly after her move to DC, Nicole formed her own trio, which has coalesced around drummer Ele Rubenstein and guitarist John Lee, and in Fall 2016 released her critically acclaimed debut album, Tiptoe.

Last Spring, Nicole teamed up with Local Woman Records for the release of her sophomore EP Buzz & Bloom; a collection of seven original songs, stretching beyond the strict jazz confines of her previous album. With a style reminiscent of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and Aimee Mann, the writing on Buzz & Bloom is ‘jazzy and engaging without sacrificing a shred of pop sensibility’ - RTP Music Blog.

As for her inspiration for the title, Nicole reveals, “I first came across the phrase ‘buzz and bloom’ in an Adrienne Rich poem, and it struck me as a beautifully succinct way of describing my own creative process, and the anxieties that linger around it".

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