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Haden Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Grammys

Jazzed Magazine • News • February 20, 2013

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Among the many honors passed out during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards this year was a very special one for the jazz community –75-year-old bass pioneer Charlie Haden was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Haden is well known for his work with Ornette Coleman, but spent much of his career with such luminaries as Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Alice Coltrane, Joe Henderson, and Michael Brecker.

Upon accepting the award, Haden explained that he’s been unable to play since 2010 due to struggles with post-polio syndrome and recovery from a recent surgery. “I believe that music can lead us to think about the deeper things in life,” he said. “To find the beauty in this magnificent universe we are fortunate to inhabit and help us through the difficult path of life. If through my music I’ve been able to bring beauty and peace to my fellow human beings, I feel truly blessed.”


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