Saxophonist Nicole Glover, 20, began her love of jazz while still in
elementary school, being introduced to records such as Sonny Rollins'
"Saxophone Colossus" and Cannonball Adderley's "Somethin' Else" by
her father. She began playing the saxophone at the age of 11.
In high school, as a member of the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra and
American Music Program directed by Thara Memory, Nicole has
performed -- and placed first -- across the United States at Jazz at
Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City; the
Berklee High School Jazz Competition in Boston; the Next Generation
Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival in California; the Lionel
Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho; the Savannah Music Festival’s Swing
Central Competition in Georgia; the North Texas Jazz Festival; the
Clark College Jazz Festival in Vancouver, Washington; and the
Northwest Jazz Band Festival in Oregon. She was also a member of the
top sextet at the Alan Jones Academy of Music and a member of
Portland’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s Jazz Orchestra. Nicole won
Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Willamette Jazz Festival and North
Texas Jazz Festival, as well as Tigard High School’s Louis Armstrong
Jazz Award (for 2 years in a row).
Upon graduating, Nicole moved to the East Coast to study music at
William Paterson University. During her time there, she spent time
learning from and playing with Rich Perry, Mulgrew Miller, Harold
Mabern, Bill Goodwin, Kevin Norton, Steve LaSpina, Marcus McLaurine,
Vincent Herring, and James Weidman. Close proximity to New York City
also provided Nicole with the opportunity to experience the city's thriving
music scene, as well as take lessons from saxophonist Tony Malaby.
Throughout her musical career, Nicole has had the pleasure of
performing with such great musicians as Esperanza Spaulding, Mulgrew
Miller, Rich Perry, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Christian Scott, Mel
Brown, Julian Lage, Bernard Purdie, Paquito D’Rivera, Javon Jackson,
Eric Alexander, Wycliffe Gordon, Gary Smulyan, Red Holloway, David
Ornette Cherry, Terell Stafford, Jeff Clayton, Dana Hall, and Thara
Nicole now resides in her native Portland, Oregon, where she performs