Rich Halley is a saxophonist and composer who has released more than a dozen recordings as a leader. His work has been critically acclaimed in the jazz press including Downbeat, Jazz Times, Cadence, All About Jazz and on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air”. He has been the subject of feature stories in Cadence and Jazz Forum. His recent CD's feature the Rich Halley 4: a quartet with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley.
Rich performs in duo, trio and quartet settings including quartets with cornetist Bobby Bradford and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich. He is also the leader of the Outside Music Ensemble, a 4 horn/2 percussion sextet that performs in acoustic outdoor settings.
Rich was the leader of the Lizard Brothers, an inside/outside sextet that released a number of widely praised recordings, and Multnomah Rhythm Ensemble, a group that combined new jazz with multi-media. He has performed with Andrew Hill, Tony Malaby, Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, Michael Bisio, Obo Addy, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, Michael Vlatkovich and Rob Blakeslee.
For the past 20 years Rich has been the musical director of the Penofin Jazz Festival which has presented many leading creative jazz artists including William Parker, Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Ellery Eskelin, Ken Vandermark, Ray Anderson, Jeff Parker, Gerry Hemingway, Tony Malaby, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver, Mark Helias, Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek and Kahil El’Zabar.