Legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden dead at 76

Charlie Haden, pictured here in 2005, has died at age 76.

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  • Charlie Haden first performed as a yodeling toddler with his family's country band
  • Haden is known as a founding father of free jazz
  • He played bass on hundreds of recordings with the biggest jazz legends
Grammy-winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden, whose music career spanned seven decades and several genres, died Friday, his publicist said Sunday. He was 76.
Haden, who first performed as a yodeling toddler with his family's country band i