A formidable soloist in her own right, Nicole is a prolific composer/ arranger & also a graduate of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music. From age 18 she was already prominent in the West Australian music scene - her versatility as a tenor saxophonist has kept her involved in a diverse multitude of musical projects nationally & internationally, extending across a comprehensive range of musical styles.
After years of touring as a session musician across Australia, Nicole decided on settling in Europe. Then, after passing through Singapore in 2002 on what was supposed to be a stop-over, Nicole landed a contract to perform with the “Way Kool” band at the renown Somerset Jazz Club. A long list of prestigious engagements ensued (as well as her yearly pilgrimages to perform in Europe) plus numerous music & arts festivals. Nicole is currently preparing her first solo album to be recorded in Singapore.
"The unenviable task of following Emmanuel's blistering, roof- raising performance and of bringing the festival top a close fell to ZHAN, a young jazz quartet which was making its international debut. Bassist Rozhan Razman and drummer John Thomas have been playing together for more than a decade and they formed a dynamic, deeply grooving rhythm section in an energetic set of post-bop jazz which was as compelling for the arrangements as it was for the strong collective and individual playing.
Pianist/keyboardist Rie Tsuji was outstanding; a highly versatile musician, Tsuji is a classically trained pianist who currently plays in Beyonce's band. As she demonstrated with her exciting, free-flowing solos and intelligent comping, jazz is another idiom in which she feels completely at home. Saxophonist Nicole Duffel also impressed as a soloist with a personal voice, free of cliché.