TAKOMA SESSIONS (out 6/12)

Singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist Nicole Saphos’ musical identity can be categorized somewhere snugly between jazz and indie rock. In her latest musical endeavor—the twelve-track live album Takoma Sessions — the the Los Angeles-bred, DC-based artist delivers a sequence of groove-heavy, pop-friendly 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 on June 12th 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.

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

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 and keyboard.

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 and keyboard.

SHOWS

Previous events

The Takoma Sessions: Concert III

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Tonal Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Live in-studio concert series showcasing new and original works by the The Nicole Saphos Band (w/ Maureen Andary, Sara Curtin, John Lee & Ele Rubenstein).

Doors open at 7pm, and music will start promptly at 7:30pm (90 minute concert followed by a brief wine/chocolate reception).

The Takoma Sessions: Concert II

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Tonal Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Live in-studio concert series showcasing new and original works by the The Nicole Saphos Band (w/ Maureen Andary, Sara Curtin, John Lee & Ele Rubenstein).

Doors open at 7pm, and music will start promptly at 7:30pm (90 minute concert followed by a brief wine/chocolate reception).

The Takoma Sessions: Concert I

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Tonal Park, 7014 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Live in-studio concert series showcasing new and original works by the The Nicole Saphos Band (w/ Maureen Andary, Sara Curtin, John Lee & Ele Rubenstein).

Doors open at 7pm, and music will start promptly at 7:30pm (90 minute concert followed by a brief wine/cheese/chocolate reception).

NSB @ Montpelier

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Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

Jazz bassist and singer-songwriter Nicole Saphos is back to grace the Montpelier stage! With a style reminiscent of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and Aimee Mann, Saphos’ jazzy pop is fun for all ages. Downbeat Magazine describes her as a ‘distinctive & warm presence on the bandstand.’ Drummer, Ele Rubenstein and guitarist, John Lee will join Saphos, along with multi-talented musicians Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary, for this evening of entertainment.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members and seniors.

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CapitalBop Spotlight Residency

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Local 16 DC, 1602 U St. NW, Washington DC

Spotlight Residency at Local 16 (NS Trio w/ John Lee & Ele Rubenstein)

Saphos will play back-to-back shows at U Street’s Local 16 on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, as part of CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency, a monthly series highlighting the city’s most original jazz voices. Ticket pre-orders are just $5, and are available now.

NS Trio @ The Alex Speakeasy

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The Graham Georgetown, 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street, Washington, DC 20024

The Sunday series at The Alex Speakeasy welcomes Nicole Saphos and her trio featuring Dave Sanders (gtr) and Ele Rubenstein (drums). The music runs from 6pm to 9pm.

There is no cover charge, but there is a $20 minimum per person.

Street parking in Georgetown is free on Sundays, and there are no zone restrictions. Discounted valet parking is available with restaurant validation. Garage parking is also available nearby, including a $13 weekend rate at Colonial Foundry Garage, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW.