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The new Rich Halley/Carson Halley CD “The Wild” is available on Pine Eagle Records. The album features ten spontaneous improvisations that cover a wide range of conceptual and emotional terrain. Rich and Carson Halley have been performing as a duo for nearly twenty years and have evolved their own unique musical approach.

The Wild is Rich Halley’s deepest exploration of the conceptual and sonic possibilities of the tenor saxophone to date, and Carson Halley demonstrates the compositional awareness, power and sensitivity he brings to the music as percussionist. The Wild combines exploration, roots and emotion in an engaging and powerful statement.



"A brilliant and mature work that demands and rewards close and careful listening."
-Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

"Rich has attained a pure improvisational level that only the most accomplished in the art ever get to...And that makes him one of the West Coast's greatest living jazzmen."
-Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music Review

"The Wild is Halley and Son at their undiluted best—a tough, burly saxophonist with a spirited, potent drummer immersed in a set of powerful improvisations."
-Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz




The 2018 Penofin Jazz Festival is on Saturday and Sunday May 12-13 in Potter Valley, California. This is the 25th annual event.

Saturday, May 12

1:00 - John Savage Trio with John (alto sax and flute), Andre St James (bass) and Tim DuRoche (drums)
2:15 - Rich Halley 4 with Rich (tenor sax), Michael Vlatkovich (trombone), Clyde Reed (bass) and Carson Halley (drums)
3:30 - Matthew Shipp Trio with Matthew (piano), Michael Bisio (bass) and Newman Taylor Baker (drums)
4:45 - Artifacts with Nicole Mitchell (flute), Tomeka Reid (cello and electronics) and Mike Reed (drums)

Sunday, May 13

1:00 - Thin Air Ensemble with Tony Passarell (tenor sax), Ross Hammond (guitar), Cliff Childers (trombone), Keith Cary (cello), Alan Ernst (piano), Heath Proskin (bass) and Jenn Schaaf (drums)
2:15 - Rich Halley (tenor sax), Michael Bisio (bass) and Newman Taylor Baker (drums)
3:30 - Vinny Golia Sextet with Vinny (reeds), Dan Rosenboom (trumpet), Gavin Templeton (alto sax), Alexander Noise (guitar), Jon Armstrong (bass) and Andrew Lessman (drums)
4:45 - Jason Stein Trio with Jason (bass clarinet), Jason Roebke (bass) and Mike Pride (drums)





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