Charlie Haden

Charlie Haden

American country musician
Date of Birth: 06.08.1937
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Charlie Hayden
  2. Collaboration with Ornette Coleman and Jazz Giants
  3. Accomplishments and Teaching

Biography of Charlie Hayden

Charlie Hayden was an American country musician who was born on August 6, 1937, in Shenandoah, Iowa. He began his life in music at a very young age, singing country melodies that his parents performed on the radio. Hayden started playing the double bass as a teenager and in 1957, he moved to Los Angeles where he met and played with legends such as Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, and Dexter Gordon.

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Collaboration with Ornette Coleman and Jazz Giants

In 1959, Hayden formed a quartet with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Billy Higgins. This collaboration with Coleman was highly successful, and Hayden also worked with many other jazz giants including John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny. In 1969, Hayden joined pianist and composer Carla Bley and led the Liberation Music Orchestra, a large jazz ensemble. Their eponymous debut album was a groundbreaking mix of jazz big band music with folk songs from the Spanish Civil War era, creating a politically-charged and original work.

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Accomplishments and Teaching

Hayden was known for his exceptional acoustic bass playing abilities and was in high demand among followers and like-minded musicians. He collaborated with a multitude of artists including Hank Johnson, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron, and Pat Metheny. In 1997, Hayden and Metheny won a Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group" for their album "Beyond the Missouri Sky". He also received numerous nominations and was consistently voted as the best bassist by readers of Down Beat magazine.

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Hayden dedicated much of his time to teaching at the Jazz Studies department of the California Institute of the Arts, where he has been working since 1982. He was honored with the Jazz Society of Los Angeles' "Educator of the Year" award for his pedagogical work. Currently, Charlie Hayden resides in Santa Monica on the West Coast and continues to collaborate with contemporary musicians such as Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, and Kenny Barron. In recent years, his joint works with Gonzalo Rubalcaba have become significant in the jazz world.

Hayden's musical talent has also been passed down to his children. His son Josh is a bass guitarist and singer, and a member of the band "Spain". His triplets, Petra, Tanya, and Rachel, have also dedicated their lives to music.

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