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Remembering a Musician Who Specialized in Empathy


The Haden family along with others perform at Charlie Haden's memorial


Charlie Haden's memorial at Town Hall on January 13th, 2015

Bill along with Charlie Haden's family, Ravi Coltrane, Brandee Younger, Mark Fain and others perform in celebration.

“Charlie didn’t have sarcasm or irony,” the bassist Putter Smith said at Charlie Haden’s memorial concert at Town Hall on Tuesday. “He had true empathy.”


Empathy is a word heard a lot around jazz musicians, sometimes to the point of cliché. It is understood as a useful background principle. Ideally, improvisers on a bandstand — and many of the greatest ones alive were onstage or in the audience on Tuesday — are making real-time exchanges, and not for a fixed result. In the best cases, they’re trying to extend a communal action beyond what they think they know. If they’re in it for private, short-game reasons, the audience hears it, and the music goes nowhere.

Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2014

American Ingenuity Awards 2014

Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disasters

Documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into The Great Flood of 1927

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By Jeff MacGregor
Smithsonian Magazine
November 2014


Guitar In The Space Age cover artGUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE! was released on October 7th, 2014 on OKeh Records.

"This is an old-school electric guitar fan’s album..... in fact this is as serious, witty, layered and subtle as any of his more abstract work."
- The Guardian

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Preview Tracks from Guitar In The Space Age!

Click on the image for an outside link to WiMP MUSIC for samples of the new CD!

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Album Tracks & Interview regarding GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!

GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE! Available October 7th, 2014

Bill Frisell, electric guitar
Greg Leisz, pedal steel & electric guitar
Tony Scherr, acoustic bass, electric bass guitar & acoustic guitar
Kenny Wolleson, drums & vibraphone

Produced by Lee Townsend

Bill Frisell Joins Lucinda Williams - Concert Review

"Anyone who attended the Lucinda Williams concert Thursday at Woodland Park Zoo saw not only one of Lucinda’s best local shows in years, but also the free “bonus” of guitarist Bill Frisell joining Williams’ band all night."

The Brooklyn Rider Almanac

As a string quartet, one of our great loves is the act of commissioning and performing new music, and this is where the Brooklyn Rider Almanac got started. We've already commissioned fifteen new works from a diverse list of musicians, all of whom operate mostly outside of the classical music world. We asked each composer to name a personally influential artistic figure active within the last 50 years, and incorporate the spirit of that influence into the piece. Every time a composer came back to us with their source of inspiration, our excitement mounted. We started to realize that there was a much deeper story to tell...


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