Charlie Haden Rambling Boy

Music legends don’t come any more unassuming than Charlie Haden. Courtesy of Reto Caduff’s charming documentary, we discover that the affable jazz bassist’s underlying honesty and decency inform every note of his music. As Haden camps out in a studio to revisit the country music of his youth, he reflects on his rural roots and his debut crooning twangy ballads on the radio at the age of two. Through wondrous archival footage and enlightening interviews, Caduff leads us through the next six decades, detailing Haden’s seminal collaborations with legends like Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, as well as his ongoing projects such as Quartet West and Liberation Music Orchestra. Just as Haden’s simple playing style masks an innate understanding of the complexities of melody and composition, so too does his placid exterior disguise a deep-seated passion that manifests itself in his art, relationships, and politics. (89 mins.)

Sponsored by KMHD and PDX Jazz


CHARLIE HADEN: RAMBLING BOY screens Saturday, October 11 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News,, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

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