Interviews

Here are some excellent interviews with Charlie. More to come. Stay tuned.

2011

JazzTimes MagazineCharlie Haden: Everything Man by Don Heckman
From country music to free jazz to Sophisticated Ladies, his romantic new release featuring Quartet West and a host of vocal greats, there isn’t much Charlie Haden hasn’t done musically in his 73 years. Here, the historic bassist, composer and bandleader details recent projects, takes stock and hints at the possibility of a new recorded collaboration with Ornette Coleman. [ continue ]

2009

Associated PressJazz bassist Charlie Haden still a good ol’ country boy
By Charles J. Gans
After a career on modern jazz’s cutting edge, bassist Charlie Haden acknowledges being scared before recording his first country music album at Ricky Skaggs’ Nashville, Tenn., studio. But with a little help from family and friends, Haden found he could indeed go home again to his Ozarks roots, and even garner a Grammy nomination. [ continue ]

2007

Do The Math Interview with Ethan Iverson
In August 2007, Charlie invited Brad Mehldau, Kenny Barron, Paul Bley and myself to take turns playing duo with him at the Blue Note in New York. The music was an informal 70th birthday celebration, and likewise this discussion (taped during the same week) is an incomplete survey of his long and vital career. We began at the beginning. I am of the firm opinion that there are two kinds of Ornette Coleman music: the kind with Charlie Haden on bass, and the kind without. [ continue ]

2006

Democracy Now – We speak with legendary bass player and composer, Charlie Haden, one of the most politically outspoken jazz musicians of his time. During the middle of the Vietnam War, Haden formed the Liberation Music Orchestra that mixed songs from the Spanish Civil War, anti-war songs and a tribute to Che Guevera. [ continue ]

2004

Charlie RoseAn interview with Charles Haden
Charlie speaks with Jazz Bassist Charlie Haden, who has been featured on more than 400 albums. Haden talks about his career and performs a song from his album “Now Is the Hour”.

2003

Charlie Haden Remembers Tomorrow by Mike Brannon
If lower Manhattan is the Ellis Island for jazz and creative improvised music, the heartland of America is from where it originates. Miles hailed from St. Louis, Wes from Indiana and both Haden’s compatriot, Pat Metheny, and he call the land beneath Missouri’s skies home; a place, as much a state of mind as a destination, from which, under the unlikeliest of circumstances, emerged this quiet icon, “a poet of the bass” and of American music: Charlie Haden. [ continue ]

2002

Barnes & NobleCharlie Haden Brings It All Back Home with American Dreams
Charlie Haden’s roots in Americana go way back. As a child in Missouri he sang old-time music with the Haden family band on radio. By the time he came to fame as a groundbreaking bassist with free-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman in the late 1950s, Haden had already absorbed a host of musical influences, intimations of which can be heard on his own acclaimed recordings as a leader. [ continue ]

1999

All About JazzQ&A interview with Fred Jung

1991

Metal Jazz / LA Weekly by Greg Burk
CHARLlE HADEN IS ALWAYS LOOKING for something you can’t see with your eyes, which may be why he closes ’em so much when he plays his upright bass. Meanwhile, his fingers, down there on the strings, are pulling up other kinds of memories, the kind you might call “primal” because they stir things inside you. He’s not so much communicating — more like both you and he have focused on the same essential image. It’s hard to say how Haden creates this atmosphere out of his full-spectrum, room-filling tone, pushing/retarding rhythms, and back-and-forth note choices, and he doesn’t like to talk about technique, but it just seems that he has access to something deep… [ continue ]

Bass Player MagazineYou’re A Good Man Charlie Haden by Jim Roberts
I drove out to Charlie Haden’s house in Malibu. I had long admired Charlie’s strong, distinctive playing, and meeting him was one of the high points of my time at Bass Player. The opening of this ’91 story is one of my favorite pieces of writing for the magazine. Hearing Charlie tell this story gave me chills, and I tried to get that emotion on the page. [ continue ]