NICOLE DUFFELL - TENOR SAXOPHONE
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.
PENANG ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL
by Ian Patterson ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM
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