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Rich Halley is a saxophonist and composer who has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed recordings. He performs in settings that range from solo to large groups and frequently with the Rich Halley 4 which includes Michael Vlatkovich on trombone, Clyde Reed on bass and Carson Halley on drums. Rich also leads the Outside Music Ensemble, a four horn two percussionist group that performs acoustically in outdoor settings.

For over two decades, Rich was the leader of the Lizard Brothers, a sextet whose performances combined exploration and jazz tradition. He was the leader of Multnomah Rhythm Ensemble, a group that combined new jazz with multi-media.

Rich has performed throughout the US, in Canada and in the Middle East. He has performed with Andrew Hill, Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, Tony Malaby, Julius Hemphill, Michael Bisio, Oliver Lake, Obo Addy, Michael Vlatkovich, Rob Blakeslee and Bert Wilson. Rich is a founder of Oregon's Creative Music Guild.

Rich Halley was educated as a field biologist. His lifelong interest in nature and his love of adventure has informed his music and led him on many trips into wilderness regions around the world. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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”As we enter the second decade of the 21st Century, Rich Halley has flourished into one of the world's very finest jazz tenor saxophonists... His cavernous tenor sound and impassioned soloing long ago stepped outside of these, and numerous other primal influences and can only be compared, as a point of reference, to that of players such as Don Byas, David S. Ware, David Murray, Coleman Hawkins, and George Adams.” -Dave Wayne, jazzreview.com

“Freewheeling and satisfying.” -Eric Fine, DownBeat

“No saxophonist out there is playing with more fire, muscle, sheer guts or wild abandon than Halley

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Album Terra Incognita by Rich Halley

Terra Incognita

Pine Eagle Records
2019

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Album The Literature by Rich Halley

The Literature

Pine Eagle Records
2018

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Album The Wild by Rich Halley

The Wild

Pine Eagle Records
2017

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Album The Outlier by Rich Halley

The Outlier

Pine Eagle Records
2016

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Album Eleven by Rich Halley

Eleven

Pine Eagle Records
2016

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Album Creating Structure by Rich Halley

Creating Structure

Pine Eagle Records
2015

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Spuds

Spuds

Rich Halley
Back From Beyond

Requiem for a Pit Viper

Requiem for a Pit Viper

Rich Halley
Requiem For A Pit Viper

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