December 11, 2013 |
It's a grim reality, but there's one thing you don't expect from Charlie Haden on stage in 2013, and that's a lot of conversation. Stricken by post-polio syndrome since late 2010 (Haden was first diagnosed with a bulbar form of the disease around his throat and facial muscles at 15), his voice was said to be just about gone heading into a Tuesday night performance at REDCAT. The 76-year-old bassist-composer was there to conduct CalArts musicians through his work with his own socially conscious, large ensemble, the Liberation Music Orchestra.
December 9, 2013 |
You can't talk about modern jazz without talking about Charlie Haden. The bassist who forged a woodsy backbone for groundbreaking recordings with Ornette Coleman and later went on to found the jazz program at CalArts, Haden has been in poor health since the onset of post-polio syndrome in 2010 -- a disease that first struck him at 15 years old. PHOTOS: Grammys 2014 concert highlights As a result, Haden hasn't performed in...
May 5, 2013 |
Sometimes, you can tell a lot about a show based on its audience. In addition to drawing an inspiringly big, deeply attentive crowd to Royce Hall to close out the first season for the newly named Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (and new Executive Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds), Saturday's double bill of the Bad Plus with the Brad Mehldau Trio also drew bassist and educator Charlie Haden, whose presence was humbly recognized from the stage by Mehldau early in his set. The impression Haden has left on jazz is impossible to fully capture over a wealth of landmark recordings from the likes of Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and Paul Motian, and his presence despite recent struggles with post-polio syndrome marked a quiet indicator of the level these acts have reached over long careers of pushing the jazz tradition forward.
March 28, 2013
The bassist Charlie Haden is a living legend of jazz, and because of health reasons he hasn't performed often. But on the occasion of his lifetime achievement Grammy, several whip-smart L.A. jazz musicians including Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Peter Erskine and Darek Oles will pay him tribute by performing from his catalog. Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City. 8 p.m. Sat., $25-$50. Vitellosjazz.com .
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."