Nicole Glover Quartet
Portland Metro Arts – Saturday, August 18 – 8:10 p.m.
Nicole Glover Quartet
Saturday, August 18, doors open: 1:00 p.m., event begins: 8:10 p.m.
This New York City rising star and Portland hometown hero returns to perform an energetic acoustic set with Portland jazz masters.
Nicole Glover’s journey in music began when her father introduced her to jazz and blues music. She began playing the clarinet at ten, transitioning to tenor saxophone the following year.
In high school, Glover was one of nineteen students from across the nation to be selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. They embarked on a national tour that involved performances with Bobby Watson and Julian Lage and concluded with a performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis.
After studying at William Paterson University, Glover returned to her hometown of Portland, Oregon, in 2011. She was invited to record on Esperanza Spalding’s Grammy-winning album Radio Music Society. She became a pivotal member of several groups led by internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist George Colligan. In 2013, Glover was invited to travel to France to play in the Vannes Jazz Festival in an Alan Jones Academy of Music quartet. Glover is also member of Ural Thomas and Pain, who was voted Willamette Weekly’s Best New Band of 2013, received an Emmy Award for a feature episode of Oregon Art Beat, and has opened for Parliament Funkadelic and Booker T. Jones.
In August 2015, Glover 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 stating 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.”
Glover 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, Glover 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.
Lineup: Nicole Glover, tenor sax; George Colligan, piano; Jon Lakey, bass; Alan Jones, drums