Charlie Haden, Grammy-winning Jazz bassist, dies at 76

By Kyle Johnson,

Grammy award winning Jazz bassist Charlie Haden passed away on Friday at the age of 76 in Los Angeles.

ECM, Haden's record label, released a statement noting that he passed away after enduring a prolonged illness, USA Today reports. He was surrounded by his wife and children before he died.

Haden was into music from a young age, helped along by his family, who had their own radio show, which introduced him to works from the likes of Port Wagoner and Chet Atkins.

He took up bass when he was a teenager and moved to Los Angeles when he turned 20. There he was able to get gigs with Art Pepper, Gerry Mulligan and others before joining The Ornette Coleman Quartet.

Haden, who turned to playing the bass after suffering from polio as a child, won his first Grammy in 2001, according to TheWrap. His album Nocturne won for Best Latin Jazz CD, and two years later Land of the Sun would win for Best Latin Jazz Performance. In 2013, he received the lifetime achievement Grammy.

He would continue release music even as he grew older. His last album, Last Dance was released only just last month.

 
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