Who's Teaching???

Ele Rubenstein

drums, guitar, piano, music theory

ELE RUBENSTEIN has established himself as one of the DC area’s most sought after sidemen, known for his sensitive musicality, impeccable technique, and refined abilities as an accompanist. After graduating from Temple University’s respected jazz program in 2011, Ele moved back to his hometown of Takoma Park, MD. He has had the honor of performing with internationally renowned jazz musicians such as Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Ralph Lalama, and Tim Green, in addition to many other world-class musicians from the DC area. Additionally, Ele has performed at some of the most highly regarded venues on the East Coast, including Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, Strathmore Music Hall, Blues Alley, and Bohemian Caverns.

Nicole Saphos

Voice, Bass, Songwriting & Beginner Piano

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’.