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Gold Circle: $75 | General Seating: $45
- Film: Reto Caduff’s acclaimed feature-length Haden documentary, “Rambling Boy”
- Conversation and hosted Q & A
- Musical duets with Alan Broadbent and possible surprises
What a life! Born into a musical family that performed hillbilly music on the radio, the extraordinary bassist Charlie Haden has been at the center of the jazz scene for more than half a century. A rare screening of Reto Caduff’s acclaimed feature-length Haden documentary “Rambling Boy” offers fascinating insight and vintage, never-before-seen footage detailing his unlikely, world-shaking journey. See the preview below:
Fascinated by jazz, the bassist moved to Los Angeles in his late teens, and within a few months started gigging regularly on the Southland scene with top players like pianist Hampton Hawes and altoist Art Pepper. But he forged his most important connection with then-obscure, iconoclastic alto saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman. Along with trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins, Haden anchored Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet that changed the course of jazz when it hit New York City in 1959 with their debut album “The Shape of Things to Come.” Haden’s been an essential voice ever since, from his galvanizing sideman work with Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny to his politically charged Liberation Music Orchestra.
This event also includes an intimate conversation with the legendary bassist and a series of duets with piano maestro Alan Broadbent, an essential Haden collaborator in the noir-drenched Quartet West since 1987. The group just released an album celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary, “Sophisticated Ladies” (EmArcy/Decca), which features Broadbent’s exquisite piano work and orchestral string arrangements. With his unabashed love of beautiful lines and transparent sense of longing, Broadbent is perfectly in tune with Haden’s musical sensibility.