Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 77

July 11, 2014 9:33 PM

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Charlie Haden, a legendary jazz bassist and original member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, died on Friday (July 11) after a prolonged battle with an undisclosed illness.

Born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and raised on a farm, Haden helped to revolutionize double bass playing in jazz music as a member of saxophonist Coleman's free jazz quartet in the late 1950s. Haden also collaborated with artists like John Coltrane, Don Cherry, Alice Coltrane, Billy Higgins and Chet...

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