Nicole McCabe is a Portland based alto saxophonist who grew up in the San Fransisco bay area. She is a graduate of Portland State University where she was mentored by George Colligan, now whom she works regularly with in his band Theoretical Planets. Nicole’s influences can be dated back to Johnny Hodges and Lester Young, as well as bebop influences like Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins and post bop players John Coltrane and Gary Bartz. Nicole’s musical goals are to understand the tradition of jazz and move it forward with newer styles of composing and improvising. She has shared the stage with musicians such as Nicole Glover, Carmen Lundy, Steve Wilson, Alan Jones, Randy Porter, Chuck Israels, the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, the Berklee 2018 Women’s jazz performance group, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Tia Fuller. Nicole leads a band regularly around Portland that performs original compositions and jazz repertoire.