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Jazz great Charlie Haden dies

July 11, 2014

By Wayne Bledsoe, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.

July 11--Jazz great Charlie Haden has died. Haden, 76, died on Friday, July 11, in Los Angeles after a long illness.

Known for his work on double bass, Haden began his career with a family country band, but came to international prominence in the jazz community many years later as a sideman with Ornette Coleman. Haden also performed with Keith Jarrett, Henry "Red" Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Attila Zoller, Bobby Timmons, Tony Scott, and the Thad Jones--Mel Lewis Orchestra as well as leading the experimental group the Jazz Liberation Orchestra in the 1970s. He later formed Charlie Haden and Quartet West, which performed melodic jazz.

In later years, Haden revisited his folk and country roots with the release of the album "Rambling Boy" (2008).

Haden's children all became musicians. Son Josh Haden is a bass guitarist and singer and recorded with the bands Trecherous Jaywalkers and Spain. Daughters Petra, Tanya and Rachel Haden perform in the Haden Triplets and Petra and Rachel were members of the band That Dog. Tanya is married to actor Jack Black.

Haden, who suffered from post-polio syndrome, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2013. In an interview with the Associated Press before the award Haden said about making music:

"I want to take people away from the ugliness and sadness around us every day and bring beautiful, deep music to as many people as I can."

According to a press release from ECM Records Haden's wife, Ruth Cameron, and his children were at his side.


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