Charlie Haden, a bassist whose music drew from many streams of American music, died Friday morning in Los Angeles. He was 76.
Haden's record label, ECM, released the following statement Friday afternoon:
It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.
Haden began his career early, having been born into a musical family that had its own radio show and often played the Ozark Jubilee, a country-music broadcast out of Missouri that featured the Carter FamilyChet Atkins and Porter Wagoner. He made his on-air debut at the age of 2. Even as Haden, who began playing bass in his teens, journeyed into jazz, latin music and other styles, his playing often remained rooted in those foundational melodic experiences.
Haden moved to Los Angeles in 1957 and fell in with the West Coast jazz crowd, performing and recording with Hampton HawesGerry MulliganArt Pepper andDexter Gordon. He became an original member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, appearing on the saxophonist's seminal 1959 album The Shape of Jazz to Come.
During a career that spanned more than half a century, Haden also collaborated withKenny BarronCarla BleyPaul BleyMichael BreckerAlan BroadbentDon Cherry, Alice Coltrane, John ColtraneJack DeJohnetteKeith JarrettBrad MehldauPaul MotianDewey RedmanArchie Shepp and Ernie Watts.
Haden won three Grammy Awards, the first for his 1997 album with guitarist Pat MethenyBeyond the Missouri Sky. He won best latin-jazz album for his two recordings with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, 2001's Nocturne and2004's Land of the Sun. Haden also was the recipient of a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2013.
In 2008, he recorded an album called Rambling Boy that paid tribute to his roots in country and folk music. Recorded at Ricky Skaggs' studio in Hendersonville, Tenn., it featured many Nashville musicians, as well as Pat Metheny, Bruce Hornsby and his four children, all of whom had followed musical paths of their own.
Haden released his final album, a set of duets with pianist Keith Jarrett called Last Dance, in June on ECM.
The family plans to hold a private funeral, though details of a public memorial service will be announced later.
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