Born in Shenandoah / Iowa on August 6, 1937 Charlie Haden took his first musical steps at the tender age of 22 months when he singing, in the Country Western radio broadcast of his parents occurred. As a teenager he began playing double bass. After graduating high school in Missouri, he moved to Los Angeles. "When I came in 1956 after LA and Hampton Hawes met, there was a lot of jazz clubs and the scene was swarming with great musicians in this respect similar to LA then New York -. Midnight sessions were common and you could play until a finger hurt. That was definitely exciting times. "
Haden was playing not only with Hampton Hawes, but also with jazz legends as Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon and Paul Bley before together joined by alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins for regular appearances at the Hillcrest club. 1959 went the iconoclastic quartet for the first time to New York, got a firm commitment in Five Spot and took a series of pioneering avant-garde albums - including "The Shape of Jazz to Come" and "Change Of The Century" - that the modern jazz revolutionized. Haden but was limited in the wild 60s not to work with Ornette Coleman, but exchanged ideas with other progressive jazz greats like John and Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp or Roswell Rudd.
In 1969, Haden with the pianist, composer and arranger Carla Bley the Liberation Music Orchestra. The debut album of this orchestra was a milestone of modern music and combined experimental big band jazz with folk songs from the Spanish Civil War. From 1967 to 1976, Charlie Haden with drummer Paul Motian and tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman member of various ensembles American pianist Keith Jarrett. Then he celebrated with Don Cherry, his old companions from the time when Ornette Coleman, in the band Old And New Dreams reunion. He caused a sensation a few years later as a member of Pat Metheny 80/81 band, in addition still playing Dewey Redman, Michael Brecker and Jack DeJohnette.
1982 built Charlie Haden Jazz study program for the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles on. Four years later he founded with saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer LaRance Marable his melody fitting Quartet West, which was in the 90s to another constant in Haden's career. In the 90s, he went above and beyond with Pat Metheny, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Ginger Baker, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette and Michael Brecker in the studio and on tour. FOr her albums bassist has received numerous awards, including three Grammys over the decades. Recently, Haden worked with established do jazz musicians such as Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Joe Lovano, Gonzalo Ruabalcaba and Alice Coltrane, but also with pop stars like Beck and the ex-Beatle Ringo Starr. His love for the world music he gives again together with musicians such as the Brazilian guitarist and pianist Egberto Gismonti, Argentinean bandoneon virtuoso Dino Saluzzi or died in 2004 Portuguese guitar master Carlos Paredes expression. In a musical drawer Charlie Haden can, as you can see, not stuck as before.
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