November 19, 2009
Charlie Haden concert: An item in the Happening Today column in Tuesday's Calendar on Charlie Haden's concert at Disney Hall said the bassist was performing with his sisters Tanya, Rachel and Petra. Haden performed with his daughters Tanya, Rachel and Petra.
November 19, 2009 |
Jazz luminary Charlie Haden took no small amount of joy Tuesday night in bringing the old-time country music he began playing seven decades ago into the tony surroundings of Walt Disney Concert Hall. "Man, oh, man," the 72-year-old bassist said upon taking the stage. "Who would have thought we'd have a country audience at Disney Hall?" In less than three weeks, the hall has hosted Steve Martin's venture into bluegrass music, Kris Kristofferson's solo show and now Haden and a group of stellar Nashville singers and instrumentalists playing what once was referred to as "hillbilly music."
November 17, 2009
EVENTS An Evening With John Cleese The "Monty Python" alumnus discusses his hilarious life and career. The Academy Award nominee shares the humorous sides of his many problems and dilemmas, including his latest plan for world peace. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. 8 p.m. $50. (562) 985-7000. MOVIES "Withnail and I" With the 1986 British cult classic "Withnail and I" screening at Cinefamily and Werner Herzog's new "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" opening this Friday, the theaters will be flush with odes to bad living.
January 23, 2009 |
There may be no greater ambassador for jazz these days than L.A.'s adopted son Charlie Haden. Haden's nearly 40-year career has encompassed such genres as free jazz, Portuguese fado and vintage country -- the last of which is featured on his latest album, "Rambling Boy" -- not to mention a consistently revolving roster of sidemen and bandleaders that reads like a list from some imaginary jazz hall of fame.
September 23, 2008 |
Charlie Haden Rambling Boy (Decca) * * * The disconnect between the worlds of jazz and country music was crystallized many years ago when celebrated drummer Buddy Rich was in the hospital. Just before going into surgery, Rich was asked by a nurse if he was allergic to anything. "Yes," Rich famously replied. "Country and western music." Fortunately, not all jazz masters share his view. Renowned jazz bassist Charlie Haden comes by his affinity for country honestly.
December 14, 2005 |
Bassist Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra has surfaced periodically since the late '60s as a vehicle for his reactions to shifting social and political currents. The ensemble's initial recording in 1969 was his response to the angry partisanship of the Vietnam War era; "Ballad of the Fallen," in 1982, dealt with the Central American policies of the Reagan years; "Dream Keeper," in 1991, responded to the presidency of George H.W. Bush and the Persian Gulf War conflict.