Charlie Haden Dies

GRAMMY-winning jazz bassist dies at 76
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    Charlie Haden
July 11, 2014 -- 4:28 pm PDT

GRAMMY-winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden died July 11 following a prolonged illness. He was 76. Considered one of the fathers of free jazz, Haden's early music career included performances as a member of saxophonist Ornette Coleman's quartet and pianist Keith Jarrett's noted mid-'70s ensemble. He also led his own band, the Liberation Music Orchestra. Haden subsequently collaborated with many jazz greats, including Pat Metheny, with whom Haden won his first career GRAMMY for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group for 1997's Beyond The Missouri Sky. Haden subsequently earned two more GRAMMYs for Best Latin Jazz Album for 2001 and 2004 for Nocturne and Land Of The Sun, respectively. In 2013 he was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. A 2012 NEA Jazz Master, Haden founded the CalArts Jazz Program in 1982. "The music world has lost one of its most prolific, creative and fearless players, though his body of work leaves a remarkable legacy that will forever remain engrained in our culture," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.

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