Charlie Haden Day

August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014


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Bassist Charlie Haden was born on August 6th, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa.

His music career began at the young age of 2, when he appeared on the local radio singing country and folk songs with his family’s band.

Haden first gained popularity after moving to Los Angeles and joining the band of avant-garde legend Ornette Coleman.

He founded his own band, the Liberation Music Orchestra, in the 1970s. Haden continued to create experimental jazz music until his passing in 2014.

Charlie Haden and The Liberation Music Orchestra perform Haden’s original composition “Sandino” on this 1989 episode of the TV series Night Music.


Charlie Haden – bass
Mick Goodrick – guitar
Amina Claudine Myers – piano
Paul Motian – drums
Don Alias – percussion
Kevin McIntyre – alto sax
Ralph Moore – tenor sax
Gary Thomas – flute
Tom Harrell – trumpet
Sharon Freeman – french horn
Joe Daley – tuba
Ray Anderson – trombone


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