Nicole Glover’s journey in music began when her father introduced her to jazz and blues music at a young age. She began playing the clarinet at the age of ten, transitioning to tenor saxophone the following year.
In high school, Nicole was one of 19 students from across the nation to be selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, who embarked on a national tour that involved performances with Bobby Watson and Julian Lage, concluding with a performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis.
After studying at William Paterson University, Nicole returned to her hometown of Portland, Oregon in 2011. Upon arrival, she was invited to record on Esperanza Spaulding's Grammy-award winning album "Radio Music Society". She became a pivotal member of several groups lead by international acclaimed multi-instrumentalist George Colligan. In 2013, Nicole was invited to travel to France to play in the Vannes Jazz Festival in an Alan Jones Academy of Music Quartet. Nicole is also member of Ural Thomas and Pain, who was voted Willamette Weekly's "Best New Band of 2013", received an Emmy Award for their feature episode of "Oregon Art Beat", and has opened for Parliament Funkadelic and Booker T. Jones.
In August of 2015, Nicole released her debut album "First Record", featuring George Colligan (piano and trumpet), Jonathan Lakey (bass), and Alan Jones (drums). All About Jazz gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars, calling the album "a sonically and emotionally powerful one," and states that Nicole is "making quick approaches to sole propriety of her own sound, which, especially for her age, is as important as it is rare."
Nicole moved to New York City in 2017, where she now resides. She has since recorded and toured with the great Gene Perla, and has performed/recorded with Steve Wilson, Rodney Green, Rudy Royston, Linda May Han Oh, Winard Harper, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Bill Goodwin. Additionally, Nicole has had the pleasure of performing with such great musicians as Mulgrew Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, Kenny Garrett, Geoffrey Keezer, Bennie Maupin, Bobby Watson, Chuck Israels, Mike Clark, Bill Stewart, Mel Brown, Terell Stafford, and Helen Sung.
"Nicole Glover, described as a rising saxophonist, is all that and more." - Bebop Spoken Here
”Nicole Glover plays with, well, just about everyone... A brilliant soloist, look for her to shine brighter still.” - Willamette Weekly, “2015 Artists to Watch”
“I'm really impressed with a young saxophonist named Nicole Glover... Nicole ... is one that, in the face of the increasing challenges to jazz and art music, really gives me hope for the future of the music.” - Jazz Truth
“Nicole Glover... is a precocious talent who never ceases to surprise me with her musicality.” - George Colligan, “Risky Notion” liner notes
"I keep coming back to Glover. Clearly, we need more young women in jazz and this one is ready for the major leagues... Great things are ahead." - New York Jazz Record
"Glover, on soprano, and [Rudy] Royston go toe to toe in a marvellous sax-drums throwdown on The Nash." - Herald Scotland
Glover contributes tenor fireworks to "More Powerful Than You Could Possibly Imagine", resulting in a track that's just as exciting as a Star Wars lightsaber duel." -
Downbeat Magazine, "Editor's Picks"
"The uninhibited young saxophonist Nicole Glover takes off." - The Guardian
"‘Today Again’ allows relative newcomer Glover to demonstrate her diamond-hard, centered tone, confident articulation and wealth of creative ideas in a brief solo space." - Jazz Views
"The name of saxophonist Nicole Glover...impresses with her contributions on both tenor and soprano. Originally from Portland, Oregon, but now active on the New York jazz scene, Glover is one of Colligan’s former students and on the evidence of this recording hers will be a name to look out for in the years to come." - The Jazz Mann