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Charlie Haden

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: August 6, 1937 | Died: July 11, 2014    

“No other instrument in jazz is more essential than the bass, both backbone and heartbeat, and Haden is its master.” (Francis Davis /August, 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly)

Time Magazine has hailed jazz legend Charlie Haden was “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz.” Haden's career which has spanned more than fifty years has encompassed such genres as free jazz, Portuguese fado and vintage country — the last of which is featured on his latest album, Rambling Boy — not to mention a consistently revolving roster of sidemen and bandleaders that reads like a list from some imaginary jazz hall of fame....
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Awards

2013 55TH GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2012 NEA JAZZ MASTERS AWARD 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award Bassplayer magazine 2008 Grammy nominee “Rambling Boy” 2003 Grammy Winner Best Latin Jazz Performance “Land of the Sun” 2001 Best Local Jazz Artist/ New Times Los Angeles Music Awards 2001 Grammy Winner Best Latin Jazz Performance “Nocturne” 2000 Miles Davis Award Montreal Jazz Festival 1997 Grammy Winner Best Jazz Instrumental Performance “Beyond the Missouri Sky” Los Angeles Jazz Society as “Jazz Educator of the Year” 16 Grammy Nominations #1 Acoustic Jazz Group- DownBeat Readers Poll 1996 & 1997 Quartet West #1 Acoustic Jazz Group- Downbeat Critics Poll 1995 & 1996 Quartet West #1 Acoustic Jazz Group - JazzTimes Critics Poll 1995 Quartet West #1 Acoustic Bass - Down Beat Critics Poll 1987 - 1998 #1 Acoustic Bass - Down Beat Critics Poll 1982 - 1998 1982 Founder of Jazz Studies program, California Institute of the Arts, CA Swing Journal Gold, Silver, Bronze Awards, Japan 1969 & 1983 Grand Prix du Disc (Charles Cros) Award, France Schallplattenpreis, Germany 1970 Guggenheim Fellow multiple NEA grant recipient.
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    Last Dance

    ECM Records
    2014
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    Come Sunday

    EmArcy
    2012
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    Sophisticated Ladies

    EmArcy
    2010
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    Jasmine

    ECM Records
    2010
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    The Private Collection

    Naim Label
    2008
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    Rambling Boy

    Decca Music Group
    2008
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    Heartplay

    Naim Label
    2007
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Come Sunday

EmArcy (2012)
”No other instrument in jazz is more essential than the bass, both backbone and heartbeat, and Haden is its master.” (Francis Davis /August, 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly)

Charlie Haden is “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz.” (Jay Cocks, Time Magazine)

Haden...” revolutionized the harmonic concept of bass playing in jazz. His ability to create serendipitous harmonies by improvising melodic responses to Coleman’s fee-form solos (rather than sticking to predetermined harmonies) was both radical and mesmerizing. His virtuosity lies…in an incredible ability to make the double bass ‘sound out’ and Haden cultivates the instrument’s gravity as no one else in jazz...

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