Nick Halley Releases “Barnum Hill”: Contemporary jazz drumming at its best

Jazz drummer and world percussionist Nick Halley recently released his debut recording, Barnum Hill. Showcasing the talents of rising jazz stars Matt Brewer (bass) and Adam Niewood (saxophones), the traditional jazz framework is expanded in this album to encompass the wild sounds of percussion from around the world, 20th century classical music, and the great pipe organ played by Paul Halley.

Nick Halley spent a year in Brazil studying percussion with masters Marcio Bahia, Oscar Bolao and Pedro Lima as well as performing with Viradouro, one of Rio’s top samba schools. He returned to New York City to attend The New School University’s jazz and contemporary music program, and entered into long-lasting musical friendships with some of the great young musicians in New York’s ever-evolving jazz scene. Nick tours and records with groups ranging in style from traditional Scottish and Irish to gospel, jazz, Brazilian and popular music.

He has performed with artists as wide-ranging as Oscar Castro-Neves, Paul Halley, Maucha Adnet, Chris Norman, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Rhonda Larson, Café, and Jamey Haddad. When not on tour, Nick is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia apprenticed to his father, Paul Halley, as organist and choral conductor at the University of King’s College, St. George’s Anglican Church, and the Atlantic School of Theology.

He directs workshops in percussion, music theory, and Brazilian, North African, and South Indian rhythm. The new recording of original music, Barnum Hill, can be heard and purchased at

Artist: Nick Halley
Album: Barnum Hill
Released: October 21, 2008

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