Charlie Haden

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Folk Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Descriptive "tags": jazz bass modern jazz jazz bass free jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Edward Haden, 6 August 1937, Shenandoah, Iowa, USA. Haden began his musical career when still a child, broadcasting daily on local country music radio. After formal music study he moved to Los Angeles, playing bass with Hampton Hawes, Art Pepper, Red Norvo and Paul Bley. While with Bley’s trio he met Ornette Coleman and began rehearsing with him in 1958. By the following year he had moved to New York and become Coleman’s regular bass player, exhibiting an exceptional understanding of the saxophonist’s music (notably on the seminal The Shape Of Jazz To Come). Haden stayed with Coleman until 1960, but has played with him since on several occasions, including some gigs in 1968 and 1972, where he played in tandem with one of his successors, David Izenzon.

Because of drug problems, which he subsequently defeated, Haden was out of circulation for a while, but returned to the scene in 1964 to play with Denny Zeitlin and Tony...

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