News – Jazz legend Charlie Haden dead at 76

Charlie HadenJazz legend Charlie Haden dead at 76

Influential bassist loses battle to illness

By Jon Liebman
July 11, 2014

Jazz legend Charlie Haden died Friday morning, July 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, after a prolonged illness. Throughout a career that began at age 2, when he sang on his family’s radio show, Haden went on to perform with Hampton Hawes, Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheney and other noted music luminaries before forming his own critically acclaimed ensembles, the Liberation Music Orchestra and Quartet West.

Heralded by Time magazine as “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz,” Charlie Haden was not afraid to cross musical boundaries, occasionally venturing into vintage country and rock & roll. “I don’t believe in categories,” Charlie told me in our FBPO interview. “I believe in beautiful music coming from the heart.” Charlie continued, “It really doesn’t matter what you call it. It matters that I’s really beautiful and that it touches somebody’s life in a positive way.”

Charlie Haden received a Guggenheim Fellowship, three GRAMMY awards and over fifteen GRAMMY nominations.  In 2011, Haden was awarded the International Society of Bassists’ Special Achievement Award for Jazz Performance and in 2012, he received an NEA Jazz Master Award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Thanks for the music, Charlie. R.I.P.

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