Haden, Charlie (jazz) [Charles Edward]
- Barry Kernfeld
(b Shenandoah, IA, Aug 6, 1937; d Los Angeles, CA, July 11, 2014). American double bass player and leader. From the age of two until he was 15 he was a member of the Haden family band, performing hillbilly music as a singer and later as a pianist; as a teenager he became exposed to jazz through his brother, the band’s double bass player. Haden began to learn his brother’s instrument when he was 14, and after graduating from high school in Forsythe, Missouri, he played in Los Angeles with Art Pepper (for four weeks in 1957), Paul Bley (1957–9), and Hampton Hawes (1958–9). He then joined Ornette Coleman, who had also been a member of Bley’s group. Coleman’s new quartet recorded in Los Angeles (October 1959) and traveled to New York (November), and Haden made crucial contributions to the controversy and ultimate success of these performances; he was “the first bassist to understand intuitively and meet the peculiar demands of Ornette's music” (Wild and Cuscuna, ...