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Jazz world mourns death of legend Charlie Haden

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Grammy Award-winning Charlie Haden, a legendary jazz performer who played with artists including John Coltrane and Chet Baker, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Haden joined pianist Keith Jarrett’s ensemble in the 1960s and revolutionised double bass 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 spokeswoman Tina Pelikan.

“Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.”

Haden was an original member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, and collaborated with artists who also included Don Cherry, Alice Coltrane and Billy Higgins, according to Billboard magazine.

He joined Jarrett’s band in 1967 before forming the group Old and New Dreams with Cherry, and the politically tinged Liberation Music Orchestra with composer Carla Bley, Billboard said.

Over the years he also worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz and Joe Henderson, as well as pop royalty like Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Rickie Lee Jones and Beck, according to Variety.