Jazz Backstage:  Charlie Haden

Jazz Backstage: Charlie Haden

June 24, 2011 Off By The Jazz Messenger

The legendary bassist and bandleader Charlie Haden has had no shortage of excellent work lately. His duet recording with Keith Jarrett Jasmine was critically acclaimed across the globe, his latest Quartet West outing Sophisticated Ladies is being heralded as one of 2011’s best jazz recordings and his recent collaborative effort with Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau and Paul Motion titled Live At Birdland once again delivers some of the most virtuosic playing and improvising you will ever hear. And if that’s not enough, he was just selected as a 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award recipient – the nation’s top honor in jazz. As busy as he is, he did manage to find a few minutes to share a Jazz Backstage story with us. Here Charlie Haden talks about working with collaborator Ruth Cameron and recording one of his all-time favorite songs on the most recent Quartet West album, Sophisticated Ladies. – JV


Charlie Haden Quartet West – Sophisticated Ladies
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Charlie Haden

Also, be sure to check out Part 1 of our 25th Anniversary Celebration of Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.

Photo credit: Steven Perilloux