Charlie Haden Nominated for Grammy and Featured in New Documentary
Charlie Haden—jazz legend, faculty member and founder of CalArts’ Jazz Studies Program—is making news.
Haden is a 2009 Grammy Award nominee in the category of Best Country Instrumental Performance for the song, "Is This America (Katrina 2005)," on the album Rambling Boy-Family & Friends. Bringing his musical life full circle, the album harkens back to Haden’s early days playing Americana and bluegrass on his parents’ radio show. During the Grammy Awards telecast on February 8, Haden and his son-in-law, actor Jack Black, will present the award for Best Pop Male Vocal.
Long revered among the all-time great jazz bassists, Haden has made essential contributions to a spectrum of genres: avant-garde, small ensemble, big band, world music, folk and gospel.
The new documentary, Charlie Haden: Rambling Boy, from award-winning Swiss-born filmmaker Reto Caduff offers an absorbing chronicle of Haden’s life and work—as instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, educator, political activist and family man.
On February 12, Charlie Haden: Rambling Boy will make its American premiere at REDCAT.