Nicole Glover was born on July 18, 1991 in Portland, Oregon. Her journey in music began when her father introduced her to improvised music at a young age. She began playing the clarinet at the age of ten, transitioning to tenor saxophone the following year. Blossoming in high school, she was one of 19 students from across the nation to be selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra national tour. The performances had her playing with Bobby Watson, Julian Lage and with Wynton Marsalis at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
After studying at William Paterson University, Nicole returned to Portland in 2011 and was invited to record on Esperanza Spaulding’s Grammy winning album Radio Music Society. She has since performed and recorded with George Colligan, Alan Jones Storyline Sextet, Thomas Barber’s Spiral Road and the Kerry Politzer Quintet, as well as her own jazz trio. Not limiting herself to jazz, her work as a member of Ural Thomas and Pain, won them Willamette Weekly’s Best New Band of 2013 and received an Emmy Award for their feature episode of Oregon Art Beat, and they have opened for Parliament Funkadelic and Booker T. Jones.
In 2015, Nicole released her debut album First Record featuring George Colligan on piano and trumpet, bassist Jonathan Lakey and Alan Jones on drums. A move to New York City in 2017 has seen her recording and touring with Gene Perla, Steve Wilson, Rodney Green, Winard Harper, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bill Goodwin, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Garrett, Geoffrey Keezer, Bennie Maupin, Bobby Watson, Mike Clark, Bill Stewart, Mel Brown, Rob Scheps, Terell Stafford, Helen Sung, Boris Kozlov, Dana Hall, and Scotty Barnhart. Tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover continues to perform and record across musical genres and expand her career.
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