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Charlie Haden Celebrates 70th Birthday With Duo Gigs at Blue Note

To celebrate his 70th birthday, jazz bassist Charlie Haden will play a weeklong stand at Blue Note Jazz Club & Restaurant in New York, hosting some of his favorite pianists in a duo setting. Beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 7, Haden will be joined by Kenny Barron, followed by Ethan Iverson on Aug. 8, Paul Bley on Aug. 9, and Brad Mehldau for the final three nights, Aug. 10-12. The shows will be held at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. every night. The club’s in-house label Half Note Records will record the sessions.

In 1959 Haden made history when he joined up with Ornette Coleman as a member of the saxophonist’s quartet, along with trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins. An iconic bassist and composer today, Haden is also known for his work with the Liberation Music Orchestra, an experimental big band he founded in 1969 with pianist and composer Carla Bley.

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