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Charlie Haden Biography Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, Charlie Haden began his life in music almost immediately, singing on his parents' country ... Read more

Charlie Haden Biography Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, Charlie Haden began his life in music almost immediately, singing on his parents' country & western radio show at the tender age of 22 months. He started playing bass in his early teens and in 1957, left America's heartland for Los Angeles, where he met and played with such legends as Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, and Dexter Gordon. In 1959, Haden teamed up with Ornette Coleman to form the saxophonist's pioneering quartet (alongside trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins). In addition to his still-influential work with Coleman, Haden also collaborated with a number of adventurous jazz giants, including John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny. In 1969, Haden joined forces with pianist/composer Carla Bley, founding the Liberation Music Orchestra. The group's self-titled debut is a true milestone of modern music, blending experimental big band jazz with the folk songs of the Spanish Civil War to create a powerfully original work of musical/political activism. After 2 further recordings he reconvened the Liberation Music Orchestra in 2005, with largely new members, for the album 'Not In Our Name'. This recording dealt primarily with the contemporary political situation in the United States. An acoustic bassist of extraordinary gifts, Haden's talents as a musician have been in constant demand by his fellow artists. As a result, he has collaborated with a genuinely stunning array of musicians, including Hank Jones, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron, and Pat Metheny (with whom Haden shared a 1997 "Best Jazz Instrumental Individual/Small Group" Grammy® Award for their 'Beyond the Missouri Sky' album) . Haden's love of world music has also seen him teaming with a variety of diverse international players, including Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti, Argentinean bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi, and Portuguese guitar giant Carlos Paredes. In addition, Haden has explored diverse streams of American popular music with both his acclaimed Quartet West, as well as on such collections as 2002's inventive alliance with Michael Brecker, "American Dreams." Charlie Haden who was invited to establish the jazz studies program at California Institute of the Arts in 1982, has earned countless honours from around the globe, including the Los Angeles Jazz Society prize for "Jazz Educator of the Year", three Grammy Awards (alongside a multitude of nominations), myriad Down Beat readers and critics poll winners, a Guggenheim fellowship, four NEA grants for composition, France's Grand Prix Du Disque Award, Japan's SWING Journal Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. As well as the Montreal Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Award for a lifetime of contributing to improvised music. The genesis of his 2008 release 'Rambling Boy' dates back more than two decades. In the late 1980's Charlie and his wife Ruth Cameron packed up all the kids to see their Grandmother in Missouri to celebrate her 80th birthday. "Ruth got all of us to sing together and before you knew it, the kids were all singing harmony with my brothers and sisters and they all blended so well. It was just such a natural event and it felt so good and sounded so good that I knew in my heart that one day we'd all sing together. Charlie Haden Family & Friends: Rambling Boy brings the artist's personal history full circle and presents a new generation of the Haden Family - a legendary Midwest music institution in the 1930s and 1940s, now reborn in the 21st century. 2010 saw the release of the ECM recording 'Jasmine', Keith Jarrett's first recorded collaboration in decades other than with his standards trio, and reunites him with the great bassist Charlie Haden, a close partner until the mid-seventies. Intimate, spontaneous and warm, this album of love songs recorded at Jarrett's home, has affinities, in its unaffected directness, with many of the works of both artists. Founded in the mid-Eighties by bassist Charlie Haden, Quartet West was and still is, undisputedly, one of the most elegant and coherent small-groups in contemporary jazz. Together with Ernie Watts on tenor saxophone, Alan Broadbent on piano and Larance Marable on drums, Haden resuscitated and modernized a typically Californian way of playing the "jazz game", one made of softness, sophistication and sensual clarity. The quartets six recordings - "Quartet West" (1987), "In Angel City" (1988), "Haunted Heart" (1992), "Always say Goodbye" (1994), "Now Is the Hour" (1996) and "The Art Of Song" (1999) -can all be read as autobiographical, melancholy plunges into the intimate recesses of the bassist's imagination: as many chapters of some dreamlike auto-fiction that multiplies the connexions and relations between Californian jazz of the immediate post-war period, and Hollywood during the same era, which was marked notably by the deadly sophistication of the great noir films. This is a sensual, nostalgic drift through the subconscious of one of the greatest musicians in contemporary jazz. The new release by Quartet West 'Sophisticated Ladies' not only finds the group with a new drummer (Rodney Green), but as well in the company of some of the greatest female vocalists of our time - Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renee Fleming and Charlie's wife, Ruth Cameron. With a tour for the Quartet West being booked for late 2010 and early 2011 and further recordings already done and planned with various collaborators, the musical adventures of Charlie Haden are continuing ...

Keith Jarrett
Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times - universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble.

Born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Keith Jarrett began playing the piano at age 3 and undertook classical music studies throughout his youth; performing as a child in programs at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and at Madison Square Garden. He undertook formal composition studies at age 15, before moving to Boston to briefly study at the Berklee College of Music. While still in his late teens, arrangements were made to study composition in Paris with the great pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, but then canceled at the last moment in favor of moving to New York in 1964 to play jazz.

After a tentative period sitting in at the Village Vanguard and other New York jazz spots, Jarrett toured first with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. From 1966 to 1968 he was the pianist with the Charles Lloyd Quartet which quickly became one of the most popular groups on the changing late-Sixties jazz scene with best-selling records and worldwide tours. He soon led his own trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian (which in 1972 expanded to a quartet with the addition of tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman). Then in 1970/71, Jarrett became a featured member in Miles Davis' electric fusion group, playing electric piano and organ - his last stint as a sideman, thereafter, dedicating himself exclusively to performing acoustic music as a solo artist and as a leader.

His one year tenure with Miles has resurfaced in the past few years with the 2005 release on DVD of the documentary film Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue, a full length documentary film by Academy Award winning director Murray Lerner that features Miles’ entire performance at Britain’s legendary Isle of Wight rock festival in September 1970 in front of nearly one million concert goers with an all-star band which included Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Gary Bartz, Dave Holland, Airto and Jack DeJohnette.

Then in December 2005, Sony Music released a 6-CD box set, Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Session 1970 which captures 6 full sets over a 3 night period in at the Washington CD rock club in December 1970 with a slightly altered band lineup from the Isle of Wight concert 3 months earlier that saw the addition of 19-year old Motown bass player, Michael Henderson, after Dave Holland and Chick Corea both left the band, plus a cameo appearance by guitarist John McLaughlin on the final night of the gig. These two separate “live” Miles Davis performances on film and on tape remained unreleased, unheard and unseen for 35 years, except for a highly edited 20-minute portion that was included in the early 1970’s Miles Davis LP release Live/Evil. The tandem release on DVD and CD of these long lost Miles Davis performances clearly show the restless genius of a young Keith Jarrett performing his last stint as a sideman, thereafter, dedicating himself exclusively to performing acoustic music as a solo artist and as a leader.

In 1971, Keith Jarrett began his recording collaboration with German producer Manfred Eicher and ECM Records (Editions of Contemporary Music). This fruitful collaboration has produced over 60 recordings to date, unparalleled in their scope, diversity, and quality.

The foundation of the Jarrett/ECM discography is made up of the landmark solo piano recordings which have helped redefine the role of the piano in contemporary music. The piano improvisations on Facing You, Solo Concerts, The Koln Concert, Staircase, Sun Bear Concerts, Moth and The Flame, Concerts, Paris Concert, Dark Intervals, Vienna Concert, and La Scala incorporate a broad spectrum of musical idioms and languages - classical, jazz, ethnic, gospel, folk, blues and pure sound - revealing a creative process based on a deeply conscious state of awakeness and listening in the moment, producing music both deeply personal, yet universal. This body of solo piano work is without precedent with the Koln Concert being the best selling piano recording in history.

In 2005, ECM released Radiance, a new 2-CD set of solo piano improvisations recorded live in Japan in November 2002.

In September 2005, Keith Jarrett performed his first American solo concert in nearly a decade at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The sold out concert which featured five encores was recorded and released on CD by ECM in September 2006.

In 1999, The Melody At Night, With You, a solo piano studio recording of classic melodies was released by ECM and has become one of the best selling instrumental recordings by a jazz artist in the past decade, winning many “Best of the Year” awards in Europe, Japan and the US.

For the past two decades, Keith Jarrett's main context for playing jazz has been his trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, which in 2008 celebrates its 25th Anniversary together. The trio first played together in 1977, when Jarrett and DeJohnette played on Peacock's first ECM Records recording, Tales of Another (Jarrett and DeJohnette had already played together in the late-'60's with both Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis).

In January 1983, Jarrett invited the Peacock and DeJohnette to New York ‘s Power Station studio record "standards" - the rich body of American Broadway show and jazz tunes from the 1930's, '40s and '50s. At the time it was considered passé for top players to concentrate on "standards", instead of original material, but Jarrett thought it was important to show that: "Music wasn't about the material, but what the player brings to the material."

The original 1983 trio session in New York produced the trio's first three ECM releases: Standards Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and Changes (featuring free playing). These seminal trio recordings were re-released by ECM in January 2008 as a special 3-CD box set entitled The New York Sessions with new liner notes and a gallery of new photos in celebration fo the trio’s 25th Anniversary.

Fourteen "live" concert recordings followed on ECM, each recorded in a different international city: Standards Live (Paris 1985), Still Live (Munich 1986), Changeless (US Tour 1987), Tribute (Cologne 1989), Standards in Norway (Oslo 1989), The Cure (New York/Town Hall 1990), Live at The Blue Note (New York 1994), Tokyo '96 (Tokyo, 1996), Whisper Not (Paris 1999), Up For It (Juan-Les -Pins 2002) and The Out of Towners (Munich 2001), as well as, Inside Out (London, 2000) and Always Let Me Go (Tokyo, 2001), both recordings of freely improvised trio music recorded live in concert.

The 1995 ECM release, Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note:The Complete Recordings, is a special 6-CD box set that captures the trio's complete, sold out engagement at the Blue Note jazz club in New York in June 1994. Featuring nearly 40 standards, Jarrett originals, plus extended trio improvisations, the CD box set was voted "Album of the Year" in the 1996 Downbeat Critics Poll.

And in 1991, two weeks after the death of Miles Davis, the trio returned to the studio for the first time in 8 years to record Bye Bye Blackbird, their deeply felt tribute to the jazz giant that all three had played with in their early years

In October 2007, ECM released My Foolish Heart: Live In Montreux, recorded in concert in July 2001 at the Montreux Jazz Festival and featuring compositions by Fats Waller, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, plus standards by Rodgers & Hart, Kern & Hammerstein. Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne and Jimmy Van Heusen..

Another Jarrett trio release on ECM is At The Deer Head Inn, a recording that captures him playing a one-time-only gig with his old friends Paul Motian and Gary Peacock at The Deer Head Inn, a venerable 14O-year old inn in the Pocono Mountains in Eastern Pennsylvania with a 60-year history of presenting jazz, where Jarrett played his first professional jazz gig as a leader at age 16.

There are also 4 ECM releases by BELONGING, Jarrett's acclaimed late-1970's Scandinavian quartet featuring Jan Garbarek (saxophone), Palle Danielsson (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums). Several of the quartet's recordings which include Belonging, My Song, Nude Ants, and Personal Mountains became bestsellers, influencing a whole generation of young players in Europe and the US.

Other early Jarrett jazz recordings include more than a dozen recordings by his original quartet with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and Dewey Redman for Atlantic, Columbia, Impulse Records and ECM - The Mourning of a Star, Birth, El Juicio, Expectations, Fort Yawuh, Treasure Island, Death and the Flower, Back Hand, Mysteries, Shades, The Survivor's Suite, and Eyes of the The Heart - many of which won "Best of the Year" awards from international music press.

Impulse/GRP Records has released two multi-CD sets, The Keith Jarrett: Impulse Years, 1973-1974 (5-CD set) and Mysteries: The Impulse Years 1975-76 (4-CD set) that include the complete Impulse recordings of his American quartet with Haden, Redman and Motian. The two volumes document in depth the main body of recorded work of one of the period's finest acoustic jazz groups, featuring all the music on the eight original Impulse L.P.s, plus more than two hours of previously unreleased alternate takes from the original Impulse sessions.

Rhino/Atlantic Records has released a 2-CD retrospective box set, Foundations, that documents the early years in Jarrett's recording history from 1966-1974 with selected tracks from the early Atlantic sessions with the American trio/quartet, plus Jarrett's first recordings as a sideman with Art Blakey and Charles Lloyd, and studio sessions with Jim Pepper/Bob Moses (previously unreleased), Gary Burton and Airto.

For Jarrett, one of his most important recordings is Spirits, a deeply personal and primal work of musical communion on which he alone plays all the instruments - recorders, Pakistani wooden flute, tabla, various percussion instruments, guitar, saxophone, piano, and chant - guided more by intuition, than by technical conditioning. The haunting music, reminiscent of both ethnic and medieval music, was recorded simply by Jarrett at his home in 1985 with no engineer or other people present using only two cassette tape recorders and two microphones with each instrument being added layer by layer. He considers this music to be vertical communion (from the earth up), rather than horizontal communication. Spirits joins Hymns/Spheres (organ), and Book of Ways (clavichord) on Jarrett's personal short list of his most essential recordings. Each of these varied musical invocations exemplifies the pure essence of true improvisation.

Other Jarrett/ECM releases include Sacred Hymns, a recording of mystic philosopher G.I. Gurdjieff's sacred piano music as transcribed by Thomas DeHartmann a performance of Arvo Part's "Fratres" with violinist Gidon Kremer on the Part release Tabula Rasa. There are several recordings of Jarrett orchestral/chamber music compositions - In The Light, Arbour Zena and Luminessence (both featuring saxophonist Jan Garbarek), Celestial Hawk (with the late Christopher Keene and Syracuse Symphony); and Bridge of Light which features Jarrett's chamber orchestral compositions, Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra, Adagio for Oboe and Strings, Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra as performed by The Fairfield Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Crawford (conductor) with soloists Michelle Makarski (violin), Patricia McCarty (viola), and Marcia Butler (oboe); plus the Jarrett Sonata for Violin and Piano with Ms. Makarski (violin) and Mr. Jarrett (piano). The scores and parts for these four compositions are currently available through Schott Music International.

Classical music releases by Keith Jarrett on ECM include the J.S. Back keyboard works: Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (piano) and Book II (harpsichord), Goldberg Variations (harpsichord), French Suites (harpsichord), and Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba and Cembalo with Kim Kashkashian (viola) and Jarrett (harpsichord).; plus the Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87; and a piano recording of selected Handel Keyboard Suites. And there are two ECM volumes of Jarrett performing selected Mozart Piano Concertos with the Stuttgart Kammerorchester under the direction of Dennis Russell Davies.

BMG/RCA Records has released two CD's with Jarrett (harpsichord) accompanying Michala Petri, the Danish recorder virtuoso, performing the Handel Sonatas for Recorder and Harpsichord, and the J.S. Bach Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord.

Other Jarrett recordings of contemporary piano literature include on New World Records, the Lou Harrison Piano Concerto (composed for Jarrett) and Harrison's Suite for Violin, Piano and Orchestra (Lucy Stoltzman, violin); and on MusicMasters Records, Alan Hovaness's Lousadvak for Piano and Orchestra with the American Composers Orchestra and Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) and the Etruscan Concerto by Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks with the Brooklyn Philharmonic with Mr. Davies conducting.

Keith Jarrett has performed baroque, classical and contemporary keyboard music at many of the major international music centers including works by Barber, Bartok, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Lou Harrison, Alan Hohvaness, Colin McPhee, Mozart and Stravinsky performed with the symphony orchestras of Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Rochester, as well as the American Composers Orchestra, Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), the St. Paul and English Chamber orchestras with conductors John Adams, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dennis Russell Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Christopher Keene, Jeffrey Tate, and Hugh Wolff.

Recitals of works by J.S. & C.P.E. Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Handel, Hindemith, Mozart, Purcell, Scarlatti, and Shostakovich have been performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Beethovenhaus (Bonn), Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), and in San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Toronto, and Stockholm.

Numerous Jarrett compositions received their premieres at major music centers. Celestial Hawk for Orchestra, Percussion, and Piano premiered in 1980 with Christopher Keene and the Syracuse Symphony at Carnegie Hall and in Syracuse. Adagio for Oboe and String Orchestra premiered in 1984 with the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra and Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra premiered in 1985 in Tokyo. Elegy had its American premiere in 1986 with Dennis Russell Davies and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Sacred Ground for Piano, Flute, Cello, and Clarinet was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and had its premiere in 1985 with Mr. Jarrett joined by Paula Robison, Fred Sherry and Richard Stoltzman. Woodwind Quintet premiered in 1989 with the Dorian Wind Quintet. Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra premiered in 1991 with violist Patricia McCarty and The Fairfield Orchestra with Thomas Crawford. In 1987, Chamber Music Chicago dedicated an evening at Orchestra Hall to Keith Jarrett as composer with the world premiere of four Jarrett chamber music works: Rem(a)inders for Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Cello, and Violin ; Terra Cotta for Clarinet and Tuned Drums ; Suite for Solo Violin; and Sonata for Flute and Piano. In March 1992, the Lincoln Center Great Performers Series hosted an evening dedicated to Keith Jarrett's orchestral works with performances of Bridge of Light, Elegy, Adagio for Oboe, plus Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Two books about Keith Jarrett have been published. Keith Jarrett: Inner Views written by Kunihiko Yamashita, former editor of JazzLife (Japan), has been published in Japan and Italy. Keith Jarrett: A Man and His Music, a biography written by the acclaimed British jazz trumpeter and critic Ian Carr, has been published in Britain by Grafton Books and in the US by Da Capo Books.

As an essayist, Mr. Jarrett has been invited to contribute critical essays to the New York Times, Musician and Downbeat magazines. He has also written forwards to The Piano Book, by Larry Fine on Brookside Press (US) and The Complete Guide to High-End Audio by Robert Harley on Accapella Publishing (US) and a preface for the American edition of Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful (North Point Press), an evocative work on jazz.

Seven Keith Jarrett concert videos have been filmed in Tokyo and released worldwide on DVD. Last Solo documents Jarrett's last solo concert before taking a 4-year hiatus (1983-87) from all solo work. Standards I and Standards II feature the trio in concert in Tokyo in 1985 and 1986. Solo Tribute captures a rare solo piano concert in 1987 with Jarrett performing a complete evening of solo "standards", rather than with his trio. The Keith Jarrett Trio: Live at The Open Air Theatre East and Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Tokyo '96 capture the trio's 1993 and 1996 Tokyo performances. In May 2006 ECM released its first DVD, Keith Jarrett: Tokyo Solo, a complete concert video filmed in November 2002. In September 2008, ECM re-released Standards I and Standards II as a special 2 DVD set, and in NOvember 2008 they will also re-release Live at The Open Air Theatre East andTokyo '96 as a special 2 DVD set.

In May 2005 on the occasion of his 60th Birthday, Euro Arts released on DVD, Keith Jarrett: The Art of Improvisation, a full length documentary film directed by British filmmaker Mike Dibbs that includes extensive interviews with Keith Jarrett, as well as with Chick Corea, Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette and ECM producer Manfred Eicher along with archival performance footage of Keith Jarrett taken from his entire 40 year career.

Keith Jarrett's many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Prix du President de la Republique and Grand Prix du Disque awards from the Academie Charles Cros (France), seven Deutscher Schallplattenpries (Germany), and eight Grammy (US) nominations in both the jazz and classical categories. He has received dozens of "Artist" or "Album of the Year" awards from the New York Times, New Yorker, Time, Stereo Review, Downbeat, Billboard, CD Review, and Rolling Stone; including Best Classical Keyboardist in Keyboard Magazine Reader's Polls (1991, '93), Best Classical CD in CD Review Editor's Poll (1992) for the Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fuques, Op. 87; and dozens of "Critic's" and "Best of The Year" awards" from the international music press. The Melody At Night, With You (1999), Whisper Not (2000), and Up For It (2003) all received Swing Journal's Gold Disc Award for "Best Album of the Year" in Japan, as well as the Choc des Chocs Award from Jazzman Magazine (France).

In the annual Downbeat Magazine polls, Keith Jarrett has garnered multiple awards for "Pianist of The Year" in the Critics Poll (1996, and ‘01 to ‘08 consecutively ) and Readers Poll (1994, '96/97, and '99 -’06 consecutively), "Best Acoustic Group" in the Readers Poll (1998/99 and 2004)), and "Album of The Year" in the Critics Poll (1996) for the Live At The Blue Note.

In 1989, Jarrett was named "Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres", one of the highest honors the French Ministry of Culture can bestow on an artist. In 1996, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, joining Duke Ellington as only the second foreign jazz artist to ever be so honored. In 2002, he was elected to be Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the America's oldest honorary society founded in 1780.

In 2003 Keith Jarrett was awarded the 2003 Polar Music Prize,, one of the world's most prestigious music awards, presented by the King of Sweden in a special televised ceremony in Stockholm. Then July 2004, he was presented the Leonie Sonning Prize in Copenhagen, another of the world’s major music awards. He is only the second jazz artist to receive the Sonning Prize since it’s founding in 1959, Miles Davis being the first in 1985. Also in July 2004, he was presented with the Miles Davis Prize by the 25th Anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

Keith Jarrett was the first musician to ever perform improvised music at several of the world's most important music venues. In 1978 he performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; 1990 at the Musikverein in Vienna; 1991 at the Vienna State Opera (Staatsoper); and 1995 at La Scala in Milan.

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Charlie Haden Biography Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, Charlie Haden began his life in music almost immediately, singing on his parents' country & western radio show at the tender age of 22 months. He started playing bass in his early teens and in 1957, left America's heartland for Los Angeles, where he met and played with such legends as Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, and Dexter Gordon. In 1959, Haden teamed up with Ornette Coleman to form the saxophonist's pioneering quartet (alongside trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins). In addition to his still-influential work with Coleman, Haden also collaborated with a number of adventurous jazz giants, including John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny. In 1969, Haden joined forces with pianist/composer Carla Bley, founding the Liberation Music Orchestra. The group's self-titled debut is a true milestone of modern music, blending experimental big band jazz with the folk songs of the Spanish Civil War to create a powerfully original work of musical/political activism. After 2 further recordings he reconvened the Liberation Music Orchestra in 2005, with largely new members, for the album 'Not In Our Name'. This recording dealt primarily with the contemporary political situation in the United States. An acoustic bassist of extraordinary gifts, Haden's talents as a musician have been in constant demand by his fellow artists. As a result, he has collaborated with a genuinely stunning array of musicians, including Hank Jones, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron, and Pat Metheny (with whom Haden shared a 1997 "Best Jazz Instrumental Individual/Small Group" Grammy® Award for their 'Beyond the Missouri Sky' album) . Haden's love of world music has also seen him teaming with a variety of diverse international players, including Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti, Argentinean bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi, and Portuguese guitar giant Carlos Paredes. In addition, Haden has explored diverse streams of American popular music with both his acclaimed Quartet West, as well as on such collections as 2002's inventive alliance with Michael Brecker, "American Dreams." Charlie Haden who was invited to establish the jazz studies program at California Institute of the Arts in 1982, has earned countless honours from around the globe, including the Los Angeles Jazz Society prize for "Jazz Educator of the Year", three Grammy Awards (alongside a multitude of nominations), myriad Down Beat readers and critics poll winners, a Guggenheim fellowship, four NEA grants for composition, France's Grand Prix Du Disque Award, Japan's SWING Journal Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. As well as the Montreal Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Award for a lifetime of contributing to improvised music. The genesis of his 2008 release 'Rambling Boy' dates back more than two decades. In the late 1980's Charlie and his wife Ruth Cameron packed up all the kids to see their Grandmother in Missouri to celebrate her 80th birthday. "Ruth got all of us to sing together and before you knew it, the kids were all singing harmony with my brothers and sisters and they all blended so well. It was just such a natural event and it felt so good and sounded so good that I knew in my heart that one day we'd all sing together. Charlie Haden Family & Friends: Rambling Boy brings the artist's personal history full circle and presents a new generation of the Haden Family - a legendary Midwest music institution in the 1930s and 1940s, now reborn in the 21st century. 2010 saw the release of the ECM recording 'Jasmine', Keith Jarrett's first recorded collaboration in decades other than with his standards trio, and reunites him with the great bassist Charlie Haden, a close partner until the mid-seventies. Intimate, spontaneous and warm, this album of love songs recorded at Jarrett's home, has affinities, in its unaffected directness, with many of the works of both artists. Founded in the mid-Eighties by bassist Charlie Haden, Quartet West was and still is, undisputedly, one of the most elegant and coherent small-groups in contemporary jazz. Together with Ernie Watts on tenor saxophone, Alan Broadbent on piano and Larance Marable on drums, Haden resuscitated and modernized a typically Californian way of playing the "jazz game", one made of softness, sophistication and sensual clarity. The quartets six recordings - "Quartet West" (1987), "In Angel City" (1988), "Haunted Heart" (1992), "Always say Goodbye" (1994), "Now Is the Hour" (1996) and "The Art Of Song" (1999) -can all be read as autobiographical, melancholy plunges into the intimate recesses of the bassist's imagination: as many chapters of some dreamlike auto-fiction that multiplies the connexions and relations between Californian jazz of the immediate post-war period, and Hollywood during the same era, which was marked notably by the deadly sophistication of the great noir films. This is a sensual, nostalgic drift through the subconscious of one of the greatest musicians in contemporary jazz. The new release by Quartet West 'Sophisticated Ladies' not only finds the group with a new drummer (Rodney Green), but as well in the company of some of the greatest female vocalists of our time - Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renee Fleming and Charlie's wife, Ruth Cameron. With a tour for the Quartet West being booked for late 2010 and early 2011 and further recordings already done and planned with various collaborators, the musical adventures of Charlie Haden are continuing ...

Keith Jarrett
Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times - universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble.

Born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Keith Jarrett began playing the piano at age 3 and undertook classical music studies throughout his youth; performing as a child in programs at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and at Madison Square Garden. He undertook formal composition studies at age 15, before moving to Boston to briefly study at the Berklee College of Music. While still in his late teens, arrangements were made to study composition in Paris with the great pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, but then canceled at the last moment in favor of moving to New York in 1964 to play jazz.

After a tentative period sitting in at the Village Vanguard and other New York jazz spots, Jarrett toured first with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. From 1966 to 1968 he was the pianist with the Charles Lloyd Quartet which quickly became one of the most popular groups on the changing late-Sixties jazz scene with best-selling records and worldwide tours. He soon led his own trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian (which in 1972 expanded to a quartet with the addition of tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman). Then in 1970/71, Jarrett became a featured member in Miles Davis' electric fusion group, playing electric piano and organ - his last stint as a sideman, thereafter, dedicating himself exclusively to performing acoustic music as a solo artist and as a leader.

His one year tenure with Miles has resurfaced in the past few years with the 2005 release on DVD of the documentary film Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue, a full length documentary film by Academy Award winning director Murray Lerner that features Miles’ entire performance at Britain’s legendary Isle of Wight rock festival in September 1970 in front of nearly one million concert goers with an all-star band which included Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Gary Bartz, Dave Holland, Airto and Jack DeJohnette.

Then in December 2005, Sony Music released a 6-CD box set, Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Session 1970 which captures 6 full sets over a 3 night period in at the Washington CD rock club in December 1970 with a slightly altered band lineup from the Isle of Wight concert 3 months earlier that saw the addition of 19-year old Motown bass player, Michael Henderson, after Dave Holland and Chick Corea both left the band, plus a cameo appearance by guitarist John McLaughlin on the final night of the gig. These two separate “live” Miles Davis performances on film and on tape remained unreleased, unheard and unseen for 35 years, except for a highly edited 20-minute portion that was included in the early 1970’s Miles Davis LP release Live/Evil. The tandem release on DVD and CD of these long lost Miles Davis performances clearly show the restless genius of a young Keith Jarrett performing his last stint as a sideman, thereafter, dedicating himself exclusively to performing acoustic music as a solo artist and as a leader.

In 1971, Keith Jarrett began his recording collaboration with German producer Manfred Eicher and ECM Records (Editions of Contemporary Music). This fruitful collaboration has produced over 60 recordings to date, unparalleled in their scope, diversity, and quality.

The foundation of the Jarrett/ECM discography is made up of the landmark solo piano recordings which have helped redefine the role of the piano in contemporary music. The piano improvisations on Facing You, Solo Concerts, The Koln Concert, Staircase, Sun Bear Concerts, Moth and The Flame, Concerts, Paris Concert, Dark Intervals, Vienna Concert, and La Scala incorporate a broad spectrum of musical idioms and languages - classical, jazz, ethnic, gospel, folk, blues and pure sound - revealing a creative process based on a deeply conscious state of awakeness and listening in the moment, producing music both deeply personal, yet universal. This body of solo piano work is without precedent with the Koln Concert being the best selling piano recording in history.

In 2005, ECM released Radiance, a new 2-CD set of solo piano improvisations recorded live in Japan in November 2002.

In September 2005, Keith Jarrett performed his first American solo concert in nearly a decade at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The sold out concert which featured five encores was recorded and released on CD by ECM in September 2006.

In 1999, The Melody At Night, With You, a solo piano studio recording of classic melodies was released by ECM and has become one of the best selling instrumental recordings by a jazz artist in the past decade, winning many “Best of the Year” awards in Europe, Japan and the US.

For the past two decades, Keith Jarrett's main context for playing jazz has been his trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, which in 2008 celebrates its 25th Anniversary together. The trio first played together in 1977, when Jarrett and DeJohnette played on Peacock's first ECM Records recording, Tales of Another (Jarrett and DeJohnette had already played together in the late-'60's with both Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis).

In January 1983, Jarrett invited the Peacock and DeJohnette to New York ‘s Power Station studio record "standards" - the rich body of American Broadway show and jazz tunes from the 1930's, '40s and '50s. At the time it was considered passé for top players to concentrate on "standards", instead of original material, but Jarrett thought it was important to show that: "Music wasn't about the material, but what the player brings to the material."

The original 1983 trio session in New York produced the trio's first three ECM releases: Standards Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and Changes (featuring free playing). These seminal trio recordings were re-released by ECM in January 2008 as a special 3-CD box set entitled The New York Sessions with new liner notes and a gallery of new photos in celebration fo the trio’s 25th Anniversary.

Fourteen "live" concert recordings followed on ECM, each recorded in a different international city: Standards Live (Paris 1985), Still Live (Munich 1986), Changeless (US Tour 1987), Tribute (Cologne 1989), Standards in Norway (Oslo 1989), The Cure (New York/Town Hall 1990), Live at The Blue Note (New York 1994), Tokyo '96 (Tokyo, 1996), Whisper Not (Paris 1999), Up For It (Juan-Les -Pins 2002) and The Out of Towners (Munich 2001), as well as, Inside Out (London, 2000) and Always Let Me Go (Tokyo, 2001), both recordings of freely improvised trio music recorded live in concert.

The 1995 ECM release, Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note:The Complete Recordings, is a special 6-CD box set that captures the trio's complete, sold out engagement at the Blue Note jazz club in New York in June 1994. Featuring nearly 40 standards, Jarrett originals, plus extended trio improvisations, the CD box set was voted "Album of the Year" in the 1996 Downbeat Critics Poll.

And in 1991, two weeks after the death of Miles Davis, the trio returned to the studio for the first time in 8 years to record Bye Bye Blackbird, their deeply felt tribute to the jazz giant that all three had played with in their early years

In October 2007, ECM released My Foolish Heart: Live In Montreux, recorded in concert in July 2001 at the Montreux Jazz Festival and featuring compositions by Fats Waller, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, plus standards by Rodgers & Hart, Kern & Hammerstein. Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne and Jimmy Van Heusen..

Another Jarrett trio release on ECM is At The Deer Head Inn, a recording that captures him playing a one-time-only gig with his old friends Paul Motian and Gary Peacock at The Deer Head Inn, a venerable 14O-year old inn in the Pocono Mountains in Eastern Pennsylvania with a 60-year history of presenting jazz, where Jarrett played his first professional jazz gig as a leader at age 16.

There are also 4 ECM releases by BELONGING, Jarrett's acclaimed late-1970's Scandinavian quartet featuring Jan Garbarek (saxophone), Palle Danielsson (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums). Several of the quartet's recordings which include Belonging, My Song, Nude Ants, and Personal Mountains became bestsellers, influencing a whole generation of young players in Europe and the US.

Other early Jarrett jazz recordings include more than a dozen recordings by his original quartet with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and Dewey Redman for Atlantic, Columbia, Impulse Records and ECM - The Mourning of a Star, Birth, El Juicio, Expectations, Fort Yawuh, Treasure Island, Death and the Flower, Back Hand, Mysteries, Shades, The Survivor's Suite, and Eyes of the The Heart - many of which won "Best of the Year" awards from international music press.

Impulse/GRP Records has released two multi-CD sets, The Keith Jarrett: Impulse Years, 1973-1974 (5-CD set) and Mysteries: The Impulse Years 1975-76 (4-CD set) that include the complete Impulse recordings of his American quartet with Haden, Redman and Motian. The two volumes document in depth the main body of recorded work of one of the period's finest acoustic jazz groups, featuring all the music on the eight original Impulse L.P.s, plus more than two hours of previously unreleased alternate takes from the original Impulse sessions.

Rhino/Atlantic Records has released a 2-CD retrospective box set, Foundations, that documents the early years in Jarrett's recording history from 1966-1974 with selected tracks from the early Atlantic sessions with the American trio/quartet, plus Jarrett's first recordings as a sideman with Art Blakey and Charles Lloyd, and studio sessions with Jim Pepper/Bob Moses (previously unreleased), Gary Burton and Airto.

For Jarrett, one of his most important recordings is Spirits, a deeply personal and primal work of musical communion on which he alone plays all the instruments - recorders, Pakistani wooden flute, tabla, various percussion instruments, guitar, saxophone, piano, and chant - guided more by intuition, than by technical conditioning. The haunting music, reminiscent of both ethnic and medieval music, was recorded simply by Jarrett at his home in 1985 with no engineer or other people present using only two cassette tape recorders and two microphones with each instrument being added layer by layer. He considers this music to be vertical communion (from the earth up), rather than horizontal communication. Spirits joins Hymns/Spheres (organ), and Book of Ways (clavichord) on Jarrett's personal short list of his most essential recordings. Each of these varied musical invocations exemplifies the pure essence of true improvisation.

Other Jarrett/ECM releases include Sacred Hymns, a recording of mystic philosopher G.I. Gurdjieff's sacred piano music as transcribed by Thomas DeHartmann a performance of Arvo Part's "Fratres" with violinist Gidon Kremer on the Part release Tabula Rasa. There are several recordings of Jarrett orchestral/chamber music compositions - In The Light, Arbour Zena and Luminessence (both featuring saxophonist Jan Garbarek), Celestial Hawk (with the late Christopher Keene and Syracuse Symphony); and Bridge of Light which features Jarrett's chamber orchestral compositions, Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra, Adagio for Oboe and Strings, Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra as performed by The Fairfield Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Crawford (conductor) with soloists Michelle Makarski (violin), Patricia McCarty (viola), and Marcia Butler (oboe); plus the Jarrett Sonata for Violin and Piano with Ms. Makarski (violin) and Mr. Jarrett (piano). The scores and parts for these four compositions are currently available through Schott Music International.

Classical music releases by Keith Jarrett on ECM include the J.S. Back keyboard works: Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (piano) and Book II (harpsichord), Goldberg Variations (harpsichord), French Suites (harpsichord), and Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba and Cembalo with Kim Kashkashian (viola) and Jarrett (harpsichord).; plus the Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87; and a piano recording of selected Handel Keyboard Suites. And there are two ECM volumes of Jarrett performing selected Mozart Piano Concertos with the Stuttgart Kammerorchester under the direction of Dennis Russell Davies.

BMG/RCA Records has released two CD's with Jarrett (harpsichord) accompanying Michala Petri, the Danish recorder virtuoso, performing the Handel Sonatas for Recorder and Harpsichord, and the J.S. Bach Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord.

Other Jarrett recordings of contemporary piano literature include on New World Records, the Lou Harrison Piano Concerto (composed for Jarrett) and Harrison's Suite for Violin, Piano and Orchestra (Lucy Stoltzman, violin); and on MusicMasters Records, Alan Hovaness's Lousadvak for Piano and Orchestra with the American Composers Orchestra and Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) and the Etruscan Concerto by Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks with the Brooklyn Philharmonic with Mr. Davies conducting.

Keith Jarrett has performed baroque, classical and contemporary keyboard music at many of the major international music centers including works by Barber, Bartok, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Lou Harrison, Alan Hohvaness, Colin McPhee, Mozart and Stravinsky performed with the symphony orchestras of Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Rochester, as well as the American Composers Orchestra, Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), the St. Paul and English Chamber orchestras with conductors John Adams, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dennis Russell Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Christopher Keene, Jeffrey Tate, and Hugh Wolff.

Recitals of works by J.S. & C.P.E. Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Handel, Hindemith, Mozart, Purcell, Scarlatti, and Shostakovich have been performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Beethovenhaus (Bonn), Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), and in San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Toronto, and Stockholm.

Numerous Jarrett compositions received their premieres at major music centers. Celestial Hawk for Orchestra, Percussion, and Piano premiered in 1980 with Christopher Keene and the Syracuse Symphony at Carnegie Hall and in Syracuse. Adagio for Oboe and String Orchestra premiered in 1984 with the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra and Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra premiered in 1985 in Tokyo. Elegy had its American premiere in 1986 with Dennis Russell Davies and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Sacred Ground for Piano, Flute, Cello, and Clarinet was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and had its premiere in 1985 with Mr. Jarrett joined by Paula Robison, Fred Sherry and Richard Stoltzman. Woodwind Quintet premiered in 1989 with the Dorian Wind Quintet. Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra premiered in 1991 with violist Patricia McCarty and The Fairfield Orchestra with Thomas Crawford. In 1987, Chamber Music Chicago dedicated an evening at Orchestra Hall to Keith Jarrett as composer with the world premiere of four Jarrett chamber music works: Rem(a)inders for Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Cello, and Violin ; Terra Cotta for Clarinet and Tuned Drums ; Suite for Solo Violin; and Sonata for Flute and Piano. In March 1992, the Lincoln Center Great Performers Series hosted an evening dedicated to Keith Jarrett's orchestral works with performances of Bridge of Light, Elegy, Adagio for Oboe, plus Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Two books about Keith Jarrett have been published. Keith Jarrett: Inner Views written by Kunihiko Yamashita, former editor of JazzLife (Japan), has been published in Japan and Italy. Keith Jarrett: A Man and His Music, a biography written by the acclaimed British jazz trumpeter and critic Ian Carr, has been published in Britain by Grafton Books and in the US by Da Capo Books.

As an essayist, Mr. Jarrett has been invited to contribute critical essays to the New York Times, Musician and Downbeat magazines. He has also written forwards to The Piano Book, by Larry Fine on Brookside Press (US) and The Complete Guide to High-End Audio by Robert Harley on Accapella Publishing (US) and a preface for the American edition of Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful (North Point Press), an evocative work on jazz.

Seven Keith Jarrett concert videos have been filmed in Tokyo and released worldwide on DVD. Last Solo documents Jarrett's last solo concert before taking a 4-year hiatus (1983-87) from all solo work. Standards I and Standards II feature the trio in concert in Tokyo in 1985 and 1986. Solo Tribute captures a rare solo piano concert in 1987 with Jarrett performing a complete evening of solo "standards", rather than with his trio. The Keith Jarrett Trio: Live at The Open Air Theatre East and Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Tokyo '96 capture the trio's 1993 and 1996 Tokyo performances. In May 2006 ECM released its first DVD, Keith Jarrett: Tokyo Solo, a complete concert video filmed in November 2002. In September 2008, ECM re-released Standards I and Standards II as a special 2 DVD set, and in NOvember 2008 they will also re-release Live at The Open Air Theatre East andTokyo '96 as a special 2 DVD set.

In May 2005 on the occasion of his 60th Birthday, Euro Arts released on DVD, Keith Jarrett: The Art of Improvisation, a full length documentary film directed by British filmmaker Mike Dibbs that includes extensive interviews with Keith Jarrett, as well as with Chick Corea, Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette and ECM producer Manfred Eicher along with archival performance footage of Keith Jarrett taken from his entire 40 year career.

Keith Jarrett's many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Prix du President de la Republique and Grand Prix du Disque awards from the Academie Charles Cros (France), seven Deutscher Schallplattenpries (Germany), and eight Grammy (US) nominations in both the jazz and classical categories. He has received dozens of "Artist" or "Album of the Year" awards from the New York Times, New Yorker, Time, Stereo Review, Downbeat, Billboard, CD Review, and Rolling Stone; including Best Classical Keyboardist in Keyboard Magazine Reader's Polls (1991, '93), Best Classical CD in CD Review Editor's Poll (1992) for the Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fuques, Op. 87; and dozens of "Critic's" and "Best of The Year" awards" from the international music press. The Melody At Night, With You (1999), Whisper Not (2000), and Up For It (2003) all received Swing Journal's Gold Disc Award for "Best Album of the Year" in Japan, as well as the Choc des Chocs Award from Jazzman Magazine (France).

In the annual Downbeat Magazine polls, Keith Jarrett has garnered multiple awards for "Pianist of The Year" in the Critics Poll (1996, and ‘01 to ‘08 consecutively ) and Readers Poll (1994, '96/97, and '99 -’06 consecutively), "Best Acoustic Group" in the Readers Poll (1998/99 and 2004)), and "Album of The Year" in the Critics Poll (1996) for the Live At The Blue Note.

In 1989, Jarrett was named "Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres", one of the highest honors the French Ministry of Culture can bestow on an artist. In 1996, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, joining Duke Ellington as only the second foreign jazz artist to ever be so honored. In 2002, he was elected to be Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the America's oldest honorary society founded in 1780.

In 2003 Keith Jarrett was awarded the 2003 Polar Music Prize,, one of the world's most prestigious music awards, presented by the King of Sweden in a special televised ceremony in Stockholm. Then July 2004, he was presented the Leonie Sonning Prize in Copenhagen, another of the world’s major music awards. He is only the second jazz artist to receive the Sonning Prize since it’s founding in 1959, Miles Davis being the first in 1985. Also in July 2004, he was presented with the Miles Davis Prize by the 25th Anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

Keith Jarrett was the first musician to ever perform improvised music at several of the world's most important music venues. In 1978 he performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; 1990 at the Musikverein in Vienna; 1991 at the Vienna State Opera (Staatsoper); and 1995 at La Scala in Milan.

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Charlie Haden Biography Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, Charlie Haden began his life in music almost immediately, singing on his parents' country & western radio show at the tender age of 22 months. He started playing bass in his early teens and in 1957, left America's heartland for Los Angeles, where he met and played with such legends as Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, and Dexter Gordon. In 1959, Haden teamed up with Ornette Coleman to form the saxophonist's pioneering quartet (alongside trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins). In addition to his still-influential work with Coleman, Haden also collaborated with a number of adventurous jazz giants, including John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny. In 1969, Haden joined forces with pianist/composer Carla Bley, founding the Liberation Music Orchestra. The group's self-titled debut is a true milestone of modern music, blending experimental big band jazz with the folk songs of the Spanish Civil War to create a powerfully original work of musical/political activism. After 2 further recordings he reconvened the Liberation Music Orchestra in 2005, with largely new members, for the album 'Not In Our Name'. This recording dealt primarily with the contemporary political situation in the United States. An acoustic bassist of extraordinary gifts, Haden's talents as a musician have been in constant demand by his fellow artists. As a result, he has collaborated with a genuinely stunning array of musicians, including Hank Jones, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron, and Pat Metheny (with whom Haden shared a 1997 "Best Jazz Instrumental Individual/Small Group" Grammy® Award for their 'Beyond the Missouri Sky' album) . Haden's love of world music has also seen him teaming with a variety of diverse international players, including Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti, Argentinean bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi, and Portuguese guitar giant Carlos Paredes. In addition, Haden has explored diverse streams of American popular music with both his acclaimed Quartet West, as well as on such collections as 2002's inventive alliance with Michael Brecker, "American Dreams." Charlie Haden who was invited to establish the jazz studies program at California Institute of the Arts in 1982, has earned countless honours from around the globe, including the Los Angeles Jazz Society prize for "Jazz Educator of the Year", three Grammy Awards (alongside a multitude of nominations), myriad Down Beat readers and critics poll winners, a Guggenheim fellowship, four NEA grants for composition, France's Grand Prix Du Disque Award, Japan's SWING Journal Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. As well as the Montreal Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Award for a lifetime of contributing to improvised music. The genesis of his 2008 release 'Rambling Boy' dates back more than two decades. In the late 1980's Charlie and his wife Ruth Cameron packed up all the kids to see their Grandmother in Missouri to celebrate her 80th birthday. "Ruth got all of us to sing together and before you knew it, the kids were all singing harmony with my brothers and sisters and they all blended so well. It was just such a natural event and it felt so good and sounded so good that I knew in my heart that one day we'd all sing together. Charlie Haden Family & Friends: Rambling Boy brings the artist's personal history full circle and presents a new generation of the Haden Family - a legendary Midwest music institution in the 1930s and 1940s, now reborn in the 21st century. 2010 saw the release of the ECM recording 'Jasmine', Keith Jarrett's first recorded collaboration in decades other than with his standards trio, and reunites him with the great bassist Charlie Haden, a close partner until the mid-seventies. Intimate, spontaneous and warm, this album of love songs recorded at Jarrett's home, has affinities, in its unaffected directness, with many of the works of both artists. Founded in the mid-Eighties by bassist Charlie Haden, Quartet West was and still is, undisputedly, one of the most elegant and coherent small-groups in contemporary jazz. Together with Ernie Watts on tenor saxophone, Alan Broadbent on piano and Larance Marable on drums, Haden resuscitated and modernized a typically Californian way of playing the "jazz game", one made of softness, sophistication and sensual clarity. The quartets six recordings - "Quartet West" (1987), "In Angel City" (1988), "Haunted Heart" (1992), "Always say Goodbye" (1994), "Now Is the Hour" (1996) and "The Art Of Song" (1999) -can all be read as autobiographical, melancholy plunges into the intimate recesses of the bassist's imagination: as many chapters of some dreamlike auto-fiction that multiplies the connexions and relations between Californian jazz of the immediate post-war period, and Hollywood during the same era, which was marked notably by the deadly sophistication of the great noir films. This is a sensual, nostalgic drift through the subconscious of one of the greatest musicians in contemporary jazz. The new release by Quartet West 'Sophisticated Ladies' not only finds the group with a new drummer (Rodney Green), but as well in the company of some of the greatest female vocalists of our time - Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renee Fleming and Charlie's wife, Ruth Cameron. With a tour for the Quartet West being booked for late 2010 and early 2011 and further recordings already done and planned with various collaborators, the musical adventures of Charlie Haden are continuing ...

Keith Jarrett
Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times - universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble.

Born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Keith Jarrett began playing the piano at age 3 and undertook classical music studies throughout his youth; performing as a child in programs at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and at Madison Square Garden. He undertook formal composition studies at age 15, before moving to Boston to briefly study at the Berklee College of Music. While still in his late teens, arrangements were made to study composition in Paris with the great pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, but then canceled at the last moment in favor of moving to New York in 1964 to play jazz.

After a tentative period sitting in at the Village Vanguard and other New York jazz spots, Jarrett toured first with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. From 1966 to 1968 he was the pianist with the Charles Lloyd Quartet which quickly became one of the most popular groups on the changing late-Sixties jazz scene with best-selling records and worldwide tours. He soon led his own trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian (which in 1972 expanded to a quartet with the addition of tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman). Then in 1970/71, Jarrett became a featured member in Miles Davis' electric fusion group, playing electric piano and organ - his last stint as a sideman, thereafter, dedicating himself exclusively to performing acoustic music as a solo artist and as a leader.

His one year tenure with Miles has resurfaced in the past few years with the 2005 release on DVD of the documentary film Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue, a full length documentary film by Academy Award winning director Murray Lerner that features Miles’ entire performance at Britain’s legendary Isle of Wight rock festival in September 1970 in front of nearly one million concert goers with an all-star band which included Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Gary Bartz, Dave Holland, Airto and Jack DeJohnette.

Then in December 2005, Sony Music released a 6-CD box set, Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Session 1970 which captures 6 full sets over a 3 night period in at the Washington CD rock club in December 1970 with a slightly altered band lineup from the Isle of Wight concert 3 months earlier that saw the addition of 19-year old Motown bass player, Michael Henderson, after Dave Holland and Chick Corea both left the band, plus a cameo appearance by guitarist John McLaughlin on the final night of the gig. These two separate “live” Miles Davis performances on film and on tape remained unreleased, unheard and unseen for 35 years, except for a highly edited 20-minute portion that was included in the early 1970’s Miles Davis LP release Live/Evil. The tandem release on DVD and CD of these long lost Miles Davis performances clearly show the restless genius of a young Keith Jarrett performing his last stint as a sideman, thereafter, dedicating himself exclusively to performing acoustic music as a solo artist and as a leader.

In 1971, Keith Jarrett began his recording collaboration with German producer Manfred Eicher and ECM Records (Editions of Contemporary Music). This fruitful collaboration has produced over 60 recordings to date, unparalleled in their scope, diversity, and quality.

The foundation of the Jarrett/ECM discography is made up of the landmark solo piano recordings which have helped redefine the role of the piano in contemporary music. The piano improvisations on Facing You, Solo Concerts, The Koln Concert, Staircase, Sun Bear Concerts, Moth and The Flame, Concerts, Paris Concert, Dark Intervals, Vienna Concert, and La Scala incorporate a broad spectrum of musical idioms and languages - classical, jazz, ethnic, gospel, folk, blues and pure sound - revealing a creative process based on a deeply conscious state of awakeness and listening in the moment, producing music both deeply personal, yet universal. This body of solo piano work is without precedent with the Koln Concert being the best selling piano recording in history.

In 2005, ECM released Radiance, a new 2-CD set of solo piano improvisations recorded live in Japan in November 2002.

In September 2005, Keith Jarrett performed his first American solo concert in nearly a decade at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The sold out concert which featured five encores was recorded and released on CD by ECM in September 2006.

In 1999, The Melody At Night, With You, a solo piano studio recording of classic melodies was released by ECM and has become one of the best selling instrumental recordings by a jazz artist in the past decade, winning many “Best of the Year” awards in Europe, Japan and the US.

For the past two decades, Keith Jarrett's main context for playing jazz has been his trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, which in 2008 celebrates its 25th Anniversary together. The trio first played together in 1977, when Jarrett and DeJohnette played on Peacock's first ECM Records recording, Tales of Another (Jarrett and DeJohnette had already played together in the late-'60's with both Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis).

In January 1983, Jarrett invited the Peacock and DeJohnette to New York ‘s Power Station studio record "standards" - the rich body of American Broadway show and jazz tunes from the 1930's, '40s and '50s. At the time it was considered passé for top players to concentrate on "standards", instead of original material, but Jarrett thought it was important to show that: "Music wasn't about the material, but what the player brings to the material."

The original 1983 trio session in New York produced the trio's first three ECM releases: Standards Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and Changes (featuring free playing). These seminal trio recordings were re-released by ECM in January 2008 as a special 3-CD box set entitled The New York Sessions with new liner notes and a gallery of new photos in celebration fo the trio’s 25th Anniversary.

Fourteen "live" concert recordings followed on ECM, each recorded in a different international city: Standards Live (Paris 1985), Still Live (Munich 1986), Changeless (US Tour 1987), Tribute (Cologne 1989), Standards in Norway (Oslo 1989), The Cure (New York/Town Hall 1990), Live at The Blue Note (New York 1994), Tokyo '96 (Tokyo, 1996), Whisper Not (Paris 1999), Up For It (Juan-Les -Pins 2002) and The Out of Towners (Munich 2001), as well as, Inside Out (London, 2000) and Always Let Me Go (Tokyo, 2001), both recordings of freely improvised trio music recorded live in concert.

The 1995 ECM release, Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note:The Complete Recordings, is a special 6-CD box set that captures the trio's complete, sold out engagement at the Blue Note jazz club in New York in June 1994. Featuring nearly 40 standards, Jarrett originals, plus extended trio improvisations, the CD box set was voted "Album of the Year" in the 1996 Downbeat Critics Poll.

And in 1991, two weeks after the death of Miles Davis, the trio returned to the studio for the first time in 8 years to record Bye Bye Blackbird, their deeply felt tribute to the jazz giant that all three had played with in their early years

In October 2007, ECM released My Foolish Heart: Live In Montreux, recorded in concert in July 2001 at the Montreux Jazz Festival and featuring compositions by Fats Waller, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, plus standards by Rodgers & Hart, Kern & Hammerstein. Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne and Jimmy Van Heusen..

Another Jarrett trio release on ECM is At The Deer Head Inn, a recording that captures him playing a one-time-only gig with his old friends Paul Motian and Gary Peacock at The Deer Head Inn, a venerable 14O-year old inn in the Pocono Mountains in Eastern Pennsylvania with a 60-year history of presenting jazz, where Jarrett played his first professional jazz gig as a leader at age 16.

There are also 4 ECM releases by BELONGING, Jarrett's acclaimed late-1970's Scandinavian quartet featuring Jan Garbarek (saxophone), Palle Danielsson (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums). Several of the quartet's recordings which include Belonging, My Song, Nude Ants, and Personal Mountains became bestsellers, influencing a whole generation of young players in Europe and the US.

Other early Jarrett jazz recordings include more than a dozen recordings by his original quartet with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and Dewey Redman for Atlantic, Columbia, Impulse Records and ECM - The Mourning of a Star, Birth, El Juicio, Expectations, Fort Yawuh, Treasure Island, Death and the Flower, Back Hand, Mysteries, Shades, The Survivor's Suite, and Eyes of the The Heart - many of which won "Best of the Year" awards from international music press.

Impulse/GRP Records has released two multi-CD sets, The Keith Jarrett: Impulse Years, 1973-1974 (5-CD set) and Mysteries: The Impulse Years 1975-76 (4-CD set) that include the complete Impulse recordings of his American quartet with Haden, Redman and Motian. The two volumes document in depth the main body of recorded work of one of the period's finest acoustic jazz groups, featuring all the music on the eight original Impulse L.P.s, plus more than two hours of previously unreleased alternate takes from the original Impulse sessions.

Rhino/Atlantic Records has released a 2-CD retrospective box set, Foundations, that documents the early years in Jarrett's recording history from 1966-1974 with selected tracks from the early Atlantic sessions with the American trio/quartet, plus Jarrett's first recordings as a sideman with Art Blakey and Charles Lloyd, and studio sessions with Jim Pepper/Bob Moses (previously unreleased), Gary Burton and Airto.

For Jarrett, one of his most important recordings is Spirits, a deeply personal and primal work of musical communion on which he alone plays all the instruments - recorders, Pakistani wooden flute, tabla, various percussion instruments, guitar, saxophone, piano, and chant - guided more by intuition, than by technical conditioning. The haunting music, reminiscent of both ethnic and medieval music, was recorded simply by Jarrett at his home in 1985 with no engineer or other people present using only two cassette tape recorders and two microphones with each instrument being added layer by layer. He considers this music to be vertical communion (from the earth up), rather than horizontal communication. Spirits joins Hymns/Spheres (organ), and Book of Ways (clavichord) on Jarrett's personal short list of his most essential recordings. Each of these varied musical invocations exemplifies the pure essence of true improvisation.

Other Jarrett/ECM releases include Sacred Hymns, a recording of mystic philosopher G.I. Gurdjieff's sacred piano music as transcribed by Thomas DeHartmann a performance of Arvo Part's "Fratres" with violinist Gidon Kremer on the Part release Tabula Rasa. There are several recordings of Jarrett orchestral/chamber music compositions - In The Light, Arbour Zena and Luminessence (both featuring saxophonist Jan Garbarek), Celestial Hawk (with the late Christopher Keene and Syracuse Symphony); and Bridge of Light which features Jarrett's chamber orchestral compositions, Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra, Adagio for Oboe and Strings, Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra as performed by The Fairfield Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Crawford (conductor) with soloists Michelle Makarski (violin), Patricia McCarty (viola), and Marcia Butler (oboe); plus the Jarrett Sonata for Violin and Piano with Ms. Makarski (violin) and Mr. Jarrett (piano). The scores and parts for these four compositions are currently available through Schott Music International.

Classical music releases by Keith Jarrett on ECM include the J.S. Back keyboard works: Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (piano) and Book II (harpsichord), Goldberg Variations (harpsichord), French Suites (harpsichord), and Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba and Cembalo with Kim Kashkashian (viola) and Jarrett (harpsichord).; plus the Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87; and a piano recording of selected Handel Keyboard Suites. And there are two ECM volumes of Jarrett performing selected Mozart Piano Concertos with the Stuttgart Kammerorchester under the direction of Dennis Russell Davies.

BMG/RCA Records has released two CD's with Jarrett (harpsichord) accompanying Michala Petri, the Danish recorder virtuoso, performing the Handel Sonatas for Recorder and Harpsichord, and the J.S. Bach Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord.

Other Jarrett recordings of contemporary piano literature include on New World Records, the Lou Harrison Piano Concerto (composed for Jarrett) and Harrison's Suite for Violin, Piano and Orchestra (Lucy Stoltzman, violin); and on MusicMasters Records, Alan Hovaness's Lousadvak for Piano and Orchestra with the American Composers Orchestra and Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) and the Etruscan Concerto by Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks with the Brooklyn Philharmonic with Mr. Davies conducting.

Keith Jarrett has performed baroque, classical and contemporary keyboard music at many of the major international music centers including works by Barber, Bartok, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Lou Harrison, Alan Hohvaness, Colin McPhee, Mozart and Stravinsky performed with the symphony orchestras of Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Rochester, as well as the American Composers Orchestra, Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), the St. Paul and English Chamber orchestras with conductors John Adams, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dennis Russell Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Christopher Keene, Jeffrey Tate, and Hugh Wolff.

Recitals of works by J.S. & C.P.E. Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Handel, Hindemith, Mozart, Purcell, Scarlatti, and Shostakovich have been performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Beethovenhaus (Bonn), Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), and in San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Toronto, and Stockholm.

Numerous Jarrett compositions received their premieres at major music centers. Celestial Hawk for Orchestra, Percussion, and Piano premiered in 1980 with Christopher Keene and the Syracuse Symphony at Carnegie Hall and in Syracuse. Adagio for Oboe and String Orchestra premiered in 1984 with the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra and Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra premiered in 1985 in Tokyo. Elegy had its American premiere in 1986 with Dennis Russell Davies and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Sacred Ground for Piano, Flute, Cello, and Clarinet was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and had its premiere in 1985 with Mr. Jarrett joined by Paula Robison, Fred Sherry and Richard Stoltzman. Woodwind Quintet premiered in 1989 with the Dorian Wind Quintet. Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra premiered in 1991 with violist Patricia McCarty and The Fairfield Orchestra with Thomas Crawford. In 1987, Chamber Music Chicago dedicated an evening at Orchestra Hall to Keith Jarrett as composer with the world premiere of four Jarrett chamber music works: Rem(a)inders for Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Cello, and Violin ; Terra Cotta for Clarinet and Tuned Drums ; Suite for Solo Violin; and Sonata for Flute and Piano. In March 1992, the Lincoln Center Great Performers Series hosted an evening dedicated to Keith Jarrett's orchestral works with performances of Bridge of Light, Elegy, Adagio for Oboe, plus Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Two books about Keith Jarrett have been published. Keith Jarrett: Inner Views written by Kunihiko Yamashita, former editor of JazzLife (Japan), has been published in Japan and Italy. Keith Jarrett: A Man and His Music, a biography written by the acclaimed British jazz trumpeter and critic Ian Carr, has been published in Britain by Grafton Books and in the US by Da Capo Books.

As an essayist, Mr. Jarrett has been invited to contribute critical essays to the New York Times, Musician and Downbeat magazines. He has also written forwards to The Piano Book, by Larry Fine on Brookside Press (US) and The Complete Guide to High-End Audio by Robert Harley on Accapella Publishing (US) and a preface for the American edition of Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful (North Point Press), an evocative work on jazz.

Seven Keith Jarrett concert videos have been filmed in Tokyo and released worldwide on DVD. Last Solo documents Jarrett's last solo concert before taking a 4-year hiatus (1983-87) from all solo work. Standards I and Standards II feature the trio in concert in Tokyo in 1985 and 1986. Solo Tribute captures a rare solo piano concert in 1987 with Jarrett performing a complete evening of solo "standards", rather than with his trio. The Keith Jarrett Trio: Live at The Open Air Theatre East and Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Tokyo '96 capture the trio's 1993 and 1996 Tokyo performances. In May 2006 ECM released its first DVD, Keith Jarrett: Tokyo Solo, a complete concert video filmed in November 2002. In September 2008, ECM re-released Standards I and Standards II as a special 2 DVD set, and in NOvember 2008 they will also re-release Live at The Open Air Theatre East andTokyo '96 as a special 2 DVD set.

In May 2005 on the occasion of his 60th Birthday, Euro Arts released on DVD, Keith Jarrett: The Art of Improvisation, a full length documentary film directed by British filmmaker Mike Dibbs that includes extensive interviews with Keith Jarrett, as well as with Chick Corea, Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette and ECM producer Manfred Eicher along with archival performance footage of Keith Jarrett taken from his entire 40 year career.

Keith Jarrett's many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Prix du President de la Republique and Grand Prix du Disque awards from the Academie Charles Cros (France), seven Deutscher Schallplattenpries (Germany), and eight Grammy (US) nominations in both the jazz and classical categories. He has received dozens of "Artist" or "Album of the Year" awards from the New York Times, New Yorker, Time, Stereo Review, Downbeat, Billboard, CD Review, and Rolling Stone; including Best Classical Keyboardist in Keyboard Magazine Reader's Polls (1991, '93), Best Classical CD in CD Review Editor's Poll (1992) for the Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fuques, Op. 87; and dozens of "Critic's" and "Best of The Year" awards" from the international music press. The Melody At Night, With You (1999), Whisper Not (2000), and Up For It (2003) all received Swing Journal's Gold Disc Award for "Best Album of the Year" in Japan, as well as the Choc des Chocs Award from Jazzman Magazine (France).

In the annual Downbeat Magazine polls, Keith Jarrett has garnered multiple awards for "Pianist of The Year" in the Critics Poll (1996, and ‘01 to ‘08 consecutively ) and Readers Poll (1994, '96/97, and '99 -’06 consecutively), "Best Acoustic Group" in the Readers Poll (1998/99 and 2004)), and "Album of The Year" in the Critics Poll (1996) for the Live At The Blue Note.

In 1989, Jarrett was named "Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres", one of the highest honors the French Ministry of Culture can bestow on an artist. In 1996, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, joining Duke Ellington as only the second foreign jazz artist to ever be so honored. In 2002, he was elected to be Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the America's oldest honorary society founded in 1780.

In 2003 Keith Jarrett was awarded the 2003 Polar Music Prize,, one of the world's most prestigious music awards, presented by the King of Sweden in a special televised ceremony in Stockholm. Then July 2004, he was presented the Leonie Sonning Prize in Copenhagen, another of the world’s major music awards. He is only the second jazz artist to receive the Sonning Prize since it’s founding in 1959, Miles Davis being the first in 1985. Also in July 2004, he was presented with the Miles Davis Prize by the 25th Anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

Keith Jarrett was the first musician to ever perform improvised music at several of the world's most important music venues. In 1978 he performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; 1990 at the Musikverein in Vienna; 1991 at the Vienna State Opera (Staatsoper); and 1995 at La Scala in Milan.

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