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Charlie Haden Tribute

Jez Nelson pays tribute to bassist Charlie Haden with an archive performance from his band Quartet West given at 2007's London Jazz Festival. Plus an original interview with Haden.

We begin tonight with an extract of a performance by Kenny Wheeler, who has died at the age of 84. Recorded exclusively for Jazz On 3 during last November's London Jazz Festival, the influential trumpeter and composer performed with his quintet in Southbank Centre's Clore Ballroom. A full tribute to Kenny Wheeler follows in next week's programme.

Jazz on 3 also pays tribute tonight to bass player Charlie Haden, who died earlier this year, with an archive performance from Quartet West.

Regarded as one of the most influential bassists of his generation, Charlie Haden rose to prominence through his long association with Ornette Coleman, playing on the saxophonist's landmark album The Shape Of Jazz To Come in 1959. His illustrious career saw him collaborate with Alice Coltrane, Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett, alongside his explorations as leader with the politically charged Liberation Orchestra in the 1970s.

In this programme we hear Haden in the intimate setting of Quartet West - the longstanding group that became his main musical vehicle from the mid 1980s - featuring saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Rodney Green. Jez Nelson presents music from their sellout London Jazz Festival performance in 2007, as well as an original interview with Charlie Haden himself.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Miranda Hinkley.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 22 Sep 2014 23:00

Music Played

  • Kenny Wheeler Tribute

    • Kenny Wheeler Quintet

      A Simple Tune

      Composer: Kenny Wheeler

      • Recorded live for Jazz on 3 at the 2013 London Jazz Festival.
  • Haden Family

    Old Haden Family Show

    • Rambling Boy.
    • Decca Label Group.
  • Robert Wyatt on the influence of Charlie Haden

  • Archive Interview: Charlie Haden in conversation with Kevin Le Gendre

    • The Ornette Coleman Quartet


      Composer: Ornette Coleman

      • Complete Live at the Hillcrest Club.
      • Gambit Records.
    • Liberation Music Orchestra

      Song for ChŽé

      Composer: Charlie Haden

      • Liberation Music Orchestra.
      • Impulse!.
    • Charlie Haden & Alice Coltrane

      For Turiya

      Composer: Charlie Haden

      • Closeness.
      • Horizon.
  • Charlie Haden's Quartet West in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London on 16 November 2007

    • Line up: Charlie Haden (bass); Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone); Alan Broadbent (piano); Rodney Green (drums)

    • Quartet West


      Composer: Charlie Parker

    • Quartet West

      Hello My Lovely

      Composer: Charlie Haden

    • Quartet West

      Lonely Woman

      Composer: Ornette Coleman

    • Quartet West


      Composer: Charlie Parker

  • Abbey Lincoln

    First Song (feat. Charlie Haden)

    Composer: Charlie Haden / Abbey Lincoln

    • The World Is Falling Down.
    • Verve.


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