Nicole Glover’s 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.
Her interest and curiosity for music began to blossom in high school. She became involved in a variety of performance groups, both within her school and in the community. 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.
Throughout her musical career, Nicole has had the pleasure of performing with such great musicians as Mulgrew Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, Kenny Garrett, George Colligan, Geoffrey Keezer, Bennie Maupin, Bobby Watson, Mike Clark, Bill Stewart, Essiet Essiet, Mel Brown, Julian Lage, Obo Addy, Rob Scheps, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Helen Sung, Dana Hall, Scotty Barnhart, and Thara Memory.
After studying at William Paterson University, Nicole returned to Portland, Oregon in 2011. Upon arrival, she was invited to record on Esperanza Spaulding's Grammy-award winning album "Radio Music Society". She now performs with in multiple groups with multi-instrumentalist George Colligan, as well as her own jazz trio and several other improvisational ensembles such as the Alan Jones Storyline Sextet, Thomas Barber's Spiral Road, and the Kerry Politzer Quintet. 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, voted Willamette Weekly's "Best New Band of 2013", and has opened for Parliament Funkadelic and Booker T. Jones with the Pain.
In August of 2015, Nicole released her debut album "First Record", featuring George Colligan (piano and trumpet), Jonathan Lakey (bass), and Alan Jones (drums).
"Nicole Glover plays with, well, just about everyone... A brilliant soloist, look for her to shine brighter still in 2015." - Willamette Weekly, "2015 Artists to Watch"
"Glover...serve[s] up some beautiful harmonies that possess a hell of an evocative punch. Slow patient notes that have the time to breathe and bloom at just the right moment." - Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm
"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." - JazzTruth