Hello my friends.
My name is Nicole Glover, and I am a tenor saxophonist and composer currently residing in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I am currently working on the release of my debut recording "First Record" - the first documentation of my music, and a culmination of my musical and personal experiences thus far.
I spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest. The sound of jazz music captivated me at an early age, and I began playing the saxophone at age eleven. Growing up I was able to immerse myself in the fertile music education environment (provided by programs such as the Alan Jones Academy of Music as well as the American Music Program), which expanded my worldview and opened my ears. I pursued a path of higher education in the realm of music at William Paterson University and Portland State University. For the past few years I have been performing and working professionally with many of the West Coast's great musicians. I have been studying music and the language of jazz music deeply as well as exploring the relationship of myth and story to improvised music, with music being the conduit for an elevated form of communication. I hope to spend the rest of my life engaged in this study.
This August, I will be moving to New York City to take the next step on this musical path. I am excited to absorb as much as I can from the incredibly fertile and challenging musical habitat. Before taking that step, I knew I had to make a documentation of my music... featuring the musicians that have had the greatest influence on my musical development.
When that time had come, I realized that my entire upbringing has lead me to this point.
This is the album I've been waiting to make my whole life.
I am happy to feature three of my closest friends and biggest musical influences and collaborators: George Colligan on Piano, Jonathan Lakey on bass, and Alan Jones on Drums.
George Colligan is a world renowned pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who has 25 albums released under his own name. George has been a professional mentor to me for the past few years, having hired me to play with his own bands all over the West Coast, as well as New York and Canada. He has granted me the unique opportunity to learn “on the bandstand”, an opportunity that was once commonplace in jazz but has become rare in the modern climate. His top musicianship, high energy and endless creativity has been a one-of-a kind musical and educational experience for me. In addition to his musical accolades, George cracks me up and his love for music and conversation makes him an incredible person to be around.
Jonathan Lakey is an up and coming bass player in the Portland area who has been one of my favorite musical collaborators. He's also my best friend. Since we met four years ago, we have pushed one another and deeply studied the music together, and have developed a special musical camaraderie, having played together in many various configurations and settings. Jonathan brings a quality of childlike exploration to the music that resonates very strongly with me. A deep thinker, empathetic person, and creative mind, Jonathan is a very special musician and friend to me.
Alan Jones is a drummer, composer, and revered educator in Portland, and is the figurehead and creative force behind the Alan Jones Academy of Music, where I has been a student for several years. Alan has been an extremely influential Guru figure for me, and has guided through my musical, personal, and spiritual studies on a deep level, and he brings a spiritual energy to the music that is extremely special. This energy has driven me to always push towards a higher level. Alan helped me when I was at my lowest point, and encouraged me to pursue music when I needed that support the most. He's an adventurer and explorer, and one of the most unique individuals I've ever known.
The record will feature many of my own original compositions, inspired by my studies of the rich lineage of acoustic jazz music, as well as some of my favorite songs that lineage has provided. The repertoire was selected carefully. I wanted the compositions to be strong and memorable, and I also wanted them to be canvasses for the band to create. It's my first statement as a contributing artist - hence "First Record". The record is made at Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios, with the incomparable Bob Stark as my engineer and sorcerer.
Recording the music was intense, challenging, joyful, intimidating, emotional, inspiring, and surreal. To record an album of my own music with my favorite musicians was an experience I'll never forget, and I hope that the listener experiences that same love and passion.
Where does the money go?
$10,000 might seem like a lot, but for a production like this, it barely scratches the surface. The money goes to the musicians, the engineer, the studio space, mixing and mastering, licensing fees, CD duplication and distribution, album art and photography, Kickstarter fees, shipping, and additional expenses. In order to break even, $10,000 is the minimum. I have saved up for this project from my humble earnings as a young musician, and need some help covering the cost.
Listen to my new single from "First Record", Water Ritual, on my SoundCloud!
"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
"Nicole Glover... is a precocious talent who never ceases to surprise me with her musicality." - George Colligan, "Risky Notion" liner notes
“Nicole does every musical project with a sense of joy and wonder. She works consistently and very hard, but to the outside world that work appears effortless.” - Alan Jones
Here are some artists that I work with regularly:
Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM) - AJAM is a unique music education system providing group and individual instruction to students of all ages and skill levels. I have been a student since high school, and now I am a teacher.
American Music Program (AMP) - The American Music Program is a nationally recognized and highly prestigious leader in educating 7th -12th grade students in American Art Music – Jazz. I was involved all throughout high school.
Alan Jones - Official website of Portland drummer and renowned educator Alan Jones; he is a mentor of mine as well as drummer and co-producer of the record.
Barra Brown - Official website of Drummer, Composer, Flutist, and friend. I have recorded two great albums with Barra.
Coco Columbia- Official website of local singer-songwriter, drummer and friend. I recorded on her first album and plan to record on her second album.
David Valdez - David Valdez's blog, ranked #3 on BlogRank for Jazz Blogs. Transcriptions, harmony, interviews, sheet music, videos, and more. My saxophone teacher since high school.
Darrell Grant - Performer, composer and my Portland State University professor.
George Colligan - Pianist, organist, trumpeter, drummer, composer, teacher, bandleader. I have been playing regularly with George since 2011.
Kerry Politzer - Pianist and acclaimed composer, now based in Portland, Oregon. I am always fortunate to play Kerry's music.
Lucine Yeghiazaryan - Armenian-born singer and visual artist based in NYC/NJ. I love Lucy.
Not Bitter - Improvisational Trio "Not Bitter"s Bandcamp. Comprised of Nicole Glover, Kyle Shipp, Grant Pierce. A beautiful trio exploring spontaneous forms. We lived together for a while and played music all the time.
Rich Perry - New York-based Tenor Saxophonist, teacher and performer. Member of Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and Maria Schnieder Orchestra. A mentor of mine while I was at William Paterson.
Thara Memory - Musician, Educator, Composer, and Artistic Director from Portland Oregon. A legendary educator to several generations.
Thomas Barber - Official website of Portland-based trumpet and composer. I'm looking forward to getting in the studio with his band "Spiral Road" this summer.
Ural Thomas - Articles in the Portland Mercury and Willamette Weekly featuring Ural Thomas. The most beautiful, sincere, gentle human I've ever met - but he brings fire every time he performs.
Risks and challenges
I took a personal risk for this album. I saved up a lot of money for my move to New York City, but was put in a difficult position financially and had to spend that money on the making of the record. If I don't make my goal, I might not be able able to release the record OR make the big move.
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