Hadley Caliman on The Seattle Channel

Hadley Caliman’s performance from the 2010 Ballard Jazz Festival will be broadcast on an up-coming episode of Front Row on The Seattle Channel.

Upcoming Broadcast Times:
Thursday, October 21, 2010 – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, October 22, 2010 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 23, 2010 – 9:00 p.m.

The Seattle Channel airs on channel 21 on most cable systems or you can watch online at http://www.seattlechannel.org/.

Hadley Caliman Memorial

Hadley Caliman’s memorial service, “Celebration of Life,” will be held at Seattle First Baptist Church on Saturday, September 18 at 11:00am.

Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue (at Seneca)
Seattle, WA 98122

A reception at Tula’s Jazz Club will follow at 2:00pm

Tula’s Jazz Club
2214 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

from Linda Caliman

Dear friends and family,

I have received so many wonderful cards and emails from you. Thank you so much. I have not been able to respond to most, given the needs of making arrangements, but please know I am so appreciative and will be in touch when things quiet down.

I have an update on the memorial and hope you can pass this on to others as well:

As you already know, it will be at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Avenue Seattle, 11:00am, Saturday, September 18th. The doors will open at 10:30.

There is a large parking lot next door ($2.00) and several sprinkled throughout the neighborhood.

There will be a gathering afterward, around 2:00pm at Tula’s, 2214 2nd Avenue Seattle. Music will be shared by all that loved Hadley.

I meant to mention before: In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to the following:

The Hadley Caliman Merit Scholarship Fund at Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora Street, 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98121


The Jazz Foundation of America
“Saving jazz and blues, one musician at a time”
322 West 48th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10036

If you are not familiar, check out their website. It is a wonderful organization.

Again, thank you for your outpouring of love and support.

Hadley Caliman on KMHD

We got word from Lynn Darroch at KMHD (Portland, OR) that he will be playing three cuts from Hadley Caliman during his show today.

They will air at 1:18, 1:24 and 2:04pm today. You can listen online at http://www.kmhd.org or open iTunes, select “Radio / Jazz” and scroll down for KMHD.

from Larry Vuckovich

If you haven¹t already heard, Hadley Caliman, 78, the great tenor saxophonist, colleague and friend of Dexter Gordon, died [Wednesday, September 8,] of liver cancer. He was one of the great jazz musicians, and a kind, gentle person, whom I deeply loved and respected. We were close friends since 1970, when I appeared on his first LP and he used two of my tunes. We reconnected over the years and toured together last year in the Pacific Northwest, the highlight being appearances at the Earshot Jazz Festival in his home area of Seattle and at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. The great trombonist Curtis Fuller, and top Bay Area-based musicians Jeff Chambers and Eddie Marshall, also a longtime friend of Hadley¹s, were with us. Hadley¹s career had enjoyed well-deserved success in the last few years when the Seattle-based recording company Origin released three recordings for him, Gratitude, Reunion and Straight Ahead, the latter hit #2 on the national JazzWeek radio charts. It had been three decade since his last recording.

Last May, the Napa Valley Jazz Society was scheduled to feature him in a Dexter Gordon tribute that I helped organize, when he fell at the last minute and was unable to make the trip to Napa. Dexter Gordon¹s widow, Maxine Gordon, a jazz history scholar who is writing a book on Dexter, was interviewing Hadley about Dexter¹s early days. She had come to the Napa Valley tribute concert to be with Hadley and his most supportive and caring wife Linda Caliman, who accompanied him on many of his tours, particularly in the last two years of his illness.

A deeply fluent post-bop player, Caliman toured/recorded with such international jazz stars as Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Gerald Wilson, Elvin Jones, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Pass, Joe Henderson, and Bobby Hutcherson. But his influence extended beyond jazz confines, both from his 1970s work with the likes of Carlos Santana, and his years teaching at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts.

My wife Sanna Craig and I already miss him and send our deepest sympathy to his wife Linda and his family and all the others whose lives he touched.

– Larry Vuckovich

Daily News: Jazz great Hadley Caliman dies at age 78

from The Daily News (Southwest Washington area):

In the ’70s, Caliman had a heyday in San Francisco, performing and recording with the Grateful Dead, Santana and pianist Earl Hines.

It was there he met his former wife, Jan Caliman of Cathlamet.

“He was my favorite tenor player in Freddie Hubbard’s band,” Jan Caliman said.

The Calimans settled in Cathlamet prior to the birth of their first son, Roger, in 1982.

“He wanted to raise his kids in the country,” Jan Caliman said. Hadley became an avid gardener, but his wife recalled “he would practice at least eight hours every day.”

Caliman played in Southwest Washington clubs, including at Peter’s in Kelso.

Continue reading at The Daily News.

Airplay from KJAZZ in Los Angeles

KJAZZ, 88.1fm in Long Beach/Los Angles, has been playing a steady stream of Hadley Caliman all day:

09/09/10, 4:28 PM, Hadley Caliman/Pete Christlieb, Little Dex (Reunion)
09/09/10, 3:28 PM, Hadley Caliman, Joe Joe Dancer Bossa Nova (Gratitude)
09/09/10, 2:24 PM, Hadley Caliman/Pete Christlieb, Up Jumped Spring (Reunion)
09/09/10, 1:28 PM, Hadley Caliman, Cigar Eddie (Hadley Caliman)
09/09/10, 12:25 PM, Hadley Caliman, Rapture (Straight Ahead)
09/09/10, 11:26 AM, Hadley Caliman, Kickin’ On The Inside (Gratitude)
09/09/10, 10:25 AM, Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb, Comencia (Reunion)
09/09/10, 8:30 AM, Hadley Caliman, Cigar Eddie (Straight Ahead)
09/09/10, 7:29 AM, Hadley Caliman, Rapture (Straight Ahead)
09/09/10, 6:28 AM, Hadley Caliman, Back For More (Gratitude)

Let’s all encourage KPLU to do the same, call KPLU: 253-535-7758

UPDATE: We talked to the Program Director at KJAZZ in Los Angeles. They are playing cuts from Hadley Caliman every hour on the :30. You can listen online by clicking here. (They just played the original version of ‘Cigar Eddie’)

Airplay from KBCS’ The Caravan today

9:07am, Hadley Caliman, Linda (Graditude)
9:08am, Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb, Gala (Reunion)
9:24am, Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb, I Thought About You (Reunion)
11:55am, Hadley Caliman, Cigar Eddie (Straight Ahead)

A look back: Hadley Caliman photos

Searching through some of the Seattle Jazz Scene archives, here are some links to previous posts with photos:

Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb

Hadley Caliman and Curtis Fuller

Hadley Caliman Quintet at Jazz Alley

Hadley Caliman at Nordic Heritage Museum

Hadley Caliman and Pete Christlieb at the Ballard Jazz Walk

2008 Golden Ear Award Winners

Review: Hadley Caliman at the 2008 Ballard Jazz Festival

Hadley Caliman at Tula’s with Joe Locke and Thomas Marriott

Hadley Caliman tributes start to appear in the press

from National Public Radio:
Remembering Saxophonists Hadley Caliman And Noah Howard
Two powerful saxophonists whose talents merited wider recognition, but who spent much of their lives away from jazz’s major hubs, have died.

News came yesterday from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra that tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman had died at age 78, after a struggle with liver cancer. Caliman was a tenor player in the post-bop tradition; he recorded with jazzmen like Bobby Hutcherson and Freddie Hubbard, but also with genre-crossing musicians like Carlos Santana. He taught at Seattle’s Cornish College for over 20 years, and was a beloved elder statesman in the Seattle community.
{Read the entire story}

from The Oregonian:
Seattle saxophonist Hadley Caliman, a pillar of the Northwest jazz scene, dies at 78
For cities only a few hours’ drive apart, the cross talk between the jazz scenes of Portland and Seattle always has seemed quieter than it should be. Over the past couple of decades, nothing served as a potent reminder of that more than the occasional – yet all too rare – Portland appearances by Hadley Caliman, a superb saxophonist and a revered pillar of the Northwest jazz community … Caliman’s Portland performances mostly were special occasions – the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival in 2003 and 2004, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival in 1992 and ’93. He was favored especially by drummer/bandleaders Ron Steen, who got him to play events such as an Oregon Public Broadcasting taping for the mid-’90s show “Coffee Tea and OPB,” and Akbar DePriest, who featured him on the 1997 album “Live on the Willamette.”
{Read the entire story}

Earshot Jazz has posted a memorial on their website:
In 2008, Caliman received two Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards when his quartet and quintet won the Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year award, and his performance at the 2008 Ballard Jazz Festival won the Concert of the Year award.

In a 2004 interview with Earshot, Caliman’s wife Linda said it best: “He is the sweetest person…In all that he has been through in all of his life, he is untainted. It’s a spirit. The spirit has remained intact. He’s not been jaded or been cynical by all that he has seen.” At last year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, Caliman’s career was celebrated in a special concert at the Seattle Art Museum in which he also performed.
{Read the entire story}

Hadley Caliman, 1932-2010

UPDATE: We’ve opened up a second page for people to post memories and tributes to Hadley.

Tenor saxophonist and jazz legend Hadley Caliman passed away this morning after a two year struggle with liver cancer. He was 78 years old.

Caliman remained active on the jazz scene until late-August, performing regularly around the Northwest in support of his recent releases: Reunion with Pete Christilieb, which was released in August and is now #31 on the national jazz charts, and Straight Ahead, which is #9 for the year on the Airplay Charts and was in the Top 10 on American jazz radio for many months.

Always striving to further himself on the saxophone, Caliman continued to practice daily until a week ago when he was too weak to continue. His last public performances were in Poulsbo on August 20, Tula’s Jazz Club on August 13, and the release performance for Reunion with Pete Christlieb at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant on August 8.

Caliman’s long career included credits with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Gerald Wilson, Carlos Santana, Dexter Gordon, Elvin Jones, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Pass, The Grateful Dead, Joe Henderson, Don Ellis, Flora Purim, Phoebe Snow, Bobby Hutcherson and many others.

More information about a memorial will be posted soon.

Note: We are opening up the Commenting on the website so if you’d like to post your memories of Hadley we will pass them along to his family. Click here to post a comment (at the bottom of the page)