January 29, 2013
The article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune.
By Howard Reich
The revered jazz bassist Charlie Haden hopes he can give a brief speech when he picks up his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy the day before the Grammys are broadcast on Feb. 10.
But Haden sometimes has difficulty speaking, and his energy level isn't what it used to be. He hasn't eaten solid food in about two years, he says, and he has considerable difficulty swallowing.
These symptoms, and others, have been caused by the onset of post-polio syndrome at the end of 2010, and they have dramatically altered Haden's life – and denied the rest of us the pleasure of basking in the warm glow of his music live.
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