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Conversation with Charlie Haden @ GRAMMY Museum Tonight

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The NYC-based "Duke Jazz Talk" program makes a West Coast stop tonight at the GRAMMY Museum. The discussion and intimate performance will feature the work of acoustic bass impresario and composer Charlie Haden, accompanied by pianist Alan Broadbent. They'll be interviewed by the museum's Executive Director Bob Santelli.

Haden's played with jazz legends like Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes and Dexter Gordon and he's the namesake of Haden's Quartet West, which includes Broadbent. (But Broadbent's no slouch either, having worked with Chet Baker and has written arrangements for Natalie Cole.)

Many jazz fans might not know that Haden, 71, got his start in music by way of country and bluegrass, singing on his parents' radio show as a toddler. His singing career didn't last long as he was stricken with a mild case of polio that damaged his vocal chords. But his last release Ramblin Boy, by Charlie Haden, Family and Friends, returns him to those roots.

So expect a lot of good stories tonight from Haden at the GRAMMY Museum -- and even better music.

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Duke Jazz Talk Series with Charlie Haden
800 West Olympic Blvd.
8 pm
Tickets: $14.95

Not in Our Name - Charlie Haden