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Jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies aged 76

Published on Jul 12, 2014 8:34 AM
Veteran jazz player Charlie Haden (left) with his Quartet West members performing at the Mosaic Music Festival 2011 at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 12 March 2011. -- PHOTO: THE ESPLANADE CO LTD

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Grammy Award-winning Charlie Haden, a legendary jazz bassist who played with artists including John Coltrane and Chet Baker, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Haden also joined pianist Keith Jarrett's ensemble in the 1960s and was considered as revolutionising double bass playing in jazz music.

He won three Grammy Awards, the most recent in 2004, and best Latin Jazz Album for Land of the Sun.

"It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness," said ECM Records spokesman Tina Pelikan.

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