We would begin our first lesson with a relaxed conversation about music! I want to know what areas of music interest you and the role that music has in your life. It is very important to me that our lessons specifically address your interests and desires. From there, I will customize our trajectory with to help you achieve your goals.
I believe that knowing how to learn the most valuable tool any student can possess. Often the question is not what to practice, but how to practice. One of my goals as an educator is to remove the mystery of how to practice effectively, and equip you with the knowledge to seek the answer to any musical question you have. Broadening the depth of your understanding and seeking true integration of a musical idea is the aim in our work together.
Potential topics include music performance, improvisation, sound and tone, harmony, form, music theory, composition and arrangement, saxophone technique, ear training, rhythm, repertoire, transcription, and more…
Nicole Glover’s journey in music began when her father introduced her to jazz and blues 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 was 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 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.” In 2017, she was featured on George Colligan’s “More Powerful”, described as “a contender for album of the year.”, and was a Downbeat Magazine “Editor’s Pick” for that year.
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 or 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, Mike Clark, Rudy Royston, Bill Stewart, Terell Stafford, and Helen Sung.