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August 6, 1937 - July 11, 2014


Charlie Haden is featured during a performance with Keith Jarrett in 1972.


Keith Jarrett, piano & wooden flute
Charlie Haden, bass
Paul Motian, drums

Raised on a farm in Shenandoah, Iowa Charlie Haden where he professional debut singing on his family's radio show at the age of two.

When his vocals chords were damaged by a bought with polio during his mid teens Charlie reverted to playing double bass intrigued by jazz as well as the bass lines of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach.

In 1957 he moved to Los Angles turning down a full scholarship at Oberlin College in favor of a career in jazz, attending the Westlake College of Music instead.

That year he made his first recordings with Paul Bley, performing with Art Pepper followed by a stint with Hampton Hawes from 1958 to 1959.

He began recording with Ornette Coleman and appeared on his Atlantic Records debut The Shape of Jazz to Come before relocating to New York in 1959 with his quartet.

Returning to music in 1964 after time spent in drug rehabilitation Charlie worked in California and Europe with Archie Shepp in addition to playing with traditional jazz men Pee Wee Russell and Henry "Red" Allen.

Haden went on to join Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet" in 1967, a group also featuring Paul Motian and Dewey Redman, where he would remain for the next nine years.

During the 1970s he began leading the Liberation Music Orchestra an experimental jazz band who performed pieces that were arranged for the most part by Carla Bley.

In 2005 Charlie Haden rebuilt an new version of the group with different members for the purpose of recording the album "Not In Our Name."

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