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Double bassist and jazz musician, Charlie Haden is among some of the most respected musicians of our time. Haden is specially known for being associated and playing with Ornette Coleman, who plays saxophone. Haden has been in the music industry for more than five decades now, and during that long period he has been praised by critics and fans alike. Throughout his career, Haden has worked in various genres like Portuguese fado, Free Jazz, Country, Mainstream Jazz and Folk Jazz.
Haden reinvented and revolutionized the way bass was played in the jazz music, during his time as one of the original members of the Ornette Coleman Quartet. During the 1950s, Ornette Coleman Quartet revolutionized jazz music, and enjoyed huge amount of success in that particular genre. As a bassist, Haden introduced a new style of playing bass back when he was with the Quartet. He played in a way that at times sounded like a solo on its own, while sometimes in magnificently complimented the other soloists. It was because of the bassists like Haden, how bassists started playing a vital role in group improvisation. Apart from playing with Billy Higgins, Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Ornette Coleman and Dewey Redman; Haden also collaborated with other jazz musicians like Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane during 60s and 70s.
Later in 1986, he also formed Charlie Haden and Quartet West along with the fellow musicians Larance Marable, Ernie Watts and Alan Broadbent. Larance Marable was later replaced by Rodney Green on drums as Marable suffered from some illness. Charlie Haden and Quartet West has been performing for more than two decades now, which is why it is considered to be one of those few ensembles that have been performing for a long amount of time. Charlie Haden and Quartet West realizes the idea jazz’s modernism. The live performances of the quartet are anticipated and witness by hundreds of jazz music lovers every year. This time around, the quartet is on road once again with its live act, so you should get your Charlie Haden and West Quartet tickets before the stock runs out.
While playing along with the Liberation Music Orchestra and Quartet West during 90s and 2000s, Haden also kept on collaborating with other musicians like Tom Harrell, John Scofield, Abbey Lincoln, Stan Getz, Shirley Hornm, Pat Metheny, Alice Coltrane and Hank Jones. Haden also flaunted his understanding of classical chamber and jazz music when Gavyn Bryars wrote an adagio for Haden. The extended Adagio was titled By The Vaar and for its recording Haden was accompanied by percussion, bass clarinet and strings. The recording was featured on the album Farewell to Philosophy and it was recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra.
For his work in the genre of jazz music, Haden has received various awards and honorariums over the years. Charlie Haden has received well home three Grammy Awards. Haden has also received NEA Grants, several international awards and Guggenheim Fellowship. Haden also claimed a Grammy Award for his collaboration with Pat Metheny in 1997 for his recording titled Beyond the Missouri Sky.
Haden also received a Latin Grammy Award in 2001 for his Jazz CD Nocturne which also featured luscious boleros. Haden claimed a second Latin Grammy Award for his follow up CD titled Land of the Sun which features him playing with the compositions of Jose Sabre Marroquin, a renowned Mexican composer. Even now, Haden continues to collaborate with other jazz musicians. In 2009 he also reunited with Ornette Coleman for a performance at the Southbank festival. He also collaborated with Hank Jones for the recording of his albums, Kenny Barron Night, Steal Away and the City.
Apart from playing with the greats of the Jazz music, Haden continues to tour with his Quartet West. So if you wish to see them live, Charlie Haden and Quartet West tickets can make that happen for you.
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