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Nick Halley, Glenn Patscha and Patrick Reid at The Astor on September 10th

This one is going to be something special, and a little bit different for the Astor. These three incredibly accomplished musicians coming together on our stage for an evening of jazz inspired entertainment is a dream.

Read on for their impressive individual biographies, then pick up your tickets in the box office or through Ticketpro online:

This show is happening just ahead of the scheduled opening to full capacity, so seats will be limited to 120, and we will of course be following all the Public Health guidance to keep everyone safe.

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a range of musicians including American icon James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band.  The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.

Nick is the founder and Artistic Director of the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is the founder and Director of The King’s Chorus, a choir for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax.  Nick is also the Assistant Director of the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir directed by his father, Paul Halley.  He is Cantor and Director for the chapel’s male Compline choir.  He is now also Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax.  In 2012, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts, particularly for his work with Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir.  Nick was the Host of CBC’s Choral Concert for the 2013-14 season.

Growing up in Winnipeg, Glenn Patscha has deep musical roots. Embracing music from Neil Young to Thelonious Monk, James Booker to Bêla Bartok, he has drawn from many disparate inspirations to arrive at his unique way of creating music. In 1989 at 18, he spent a decade in New Orleans studying with Ellis Marsalis and becoming a
staple of the New Orleans music scene, recording and touring with many of the New Orleans greats such as Harold Battiste, Brian Blade,Leroy Jones, John Boutte, Nicholas Payton and many others. In 1998, while touring with Marianne Faithfull, Patscha moved to New York. Soon after, he started Ollabelle, his band that would go on to be signed by T Bone Burnett to his Columbia Records imprint, DMZ records. Ollabelle was one of the seminal bands that gave rise to what is now dubbed Americana music.

Since then, Patscha has recorded and toured with many other artists such as Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Bettye Lavette, Lou Reed, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm, Lizz Wright, Cubanismo and many others. Patscha also has scored a number of films since 2008. Recently Patscha has recorded a new Jazz record with John Ellis and Adam Levy in New York released in 2021. He currently tours with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Rosanne Cash and Marc Cohn and resides on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

After completing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at McGill University in 2005, composer and double bassist Patrick Reid quickly emerged as an exciting new voice on the scene. He has been based in Montreal, Toronto, and New York City and has released four albums of original music. In 2011, he was the recipient of the CBC Galaxy Rising Star award and been recognized by FACTOR, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and The Ontario Arts Council in support of projects ranging from national and international tours, album production, and research and creation. As a band leader, he has performed extensively across the globe and has collaborated with many celebrated artists from around the world including: Christine and Ingrid Jensen, Ben Monder, Chet Doxas, The Bombadils, Tinalley String Quartet, Kelly Jefferson, Joel Miller, Denzal Sinclaire, and the Soulpepper Theatre Company to name a few. He currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, singer-songwriter Angela Sande, and their corgi Raisin.

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