Hadley Caliman – rest in peace – September 8, 2010

Hadley Caliman

Hadley Caliman - Jan 12, 1932 - Sep 8, 2010

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that our dear friend and band mate, Hadley Caliman, has passed away this morning after a two-year struggle with terminal liver cancer.  A memorial is being planned, details will follow.

We extend our sympathies to Hadley’s dear wife Linda, and to all of their family and loved ones.

Hadley was loved by many people everywhere, and his death leaves a large hole in all our lives.

– The musicians, board, and staff of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

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7 responses to “Hadley Caliman – rest in peace – September 8, 2010

  1. I remember meeting Hadley at a jazz gig back in the early ’90s. I was impressed at how he was so open to talk and share his knowledge about jazz music and culture. I think I impressed him when I had heard of and still had copies of several experimental jazz recordings he made in the 1970’s. Hadley was one of the good ones…a gentleman, musician, and worldly scholar; he will be truly missed.

    Rest in peace.

    Patrick Mouton, Electric Tea Garden

  2. Alison Lott Taylor

    So sorry to hear about Hadley. We will miss him. Prayers and best wishes to Linda.

  3. Sunset September 8, 2010

    The early autumn clouds opened up a bit
    this evening,
    So the sunlight shone through,
    controlled and calm, but blasting vivid,
    With bent light, and colors rarely seen
    in these parts,
    Exquisite gold to peaches to plums.

    A distant shower fell over the Kitsap,
    toned rose in the evening rays.
    Smokey cloud towers and gray buttermilk
    framed the vast and elegant display.
    Hadley Caliman died today.

  4. The last time I saw Hadley was at the SRJO concert in June. I’ll never forget the look of sheer joy on his face while he was listening to someone’s solo. He was a great musician and educator, with a 1000-watt smile that made you feel blessed.

  5. Music kept Hadley going — even as his strength was sapped away. His love of the sound, of his fellow musicians, of his late-blooming recording success, of his audiences kept him going. His loss will be felt by all of us who were thrilled by his improvs and warmed by his smile. But the good news is that a young generation is coming behind, inspired and taught by him and those others of his generation dedicated to keeping this music alive. Bless Hadley as you listen.

  6. There were so many wonderful sides to Hadley, it’s hard to choose what glowing things to say about him at his passing. To me, he epitomized freedom, joy, intuition, persistence and gratitude.
    He enjoyed immense (and very enviable) freedom in his playing. His solos were always a flow of spontaneous expression, and each solo was a new statement, reflecting a willingness to trust his own intuition without pre-design about what he should play. I was astounded in our last recording session together (in preparation of the SRJO’s “Endless Search” CD), when each different take he recorded for his blues solo was completely different from the previous one.
    Hadley also enjoyed freedom from prejudice–I am not talking about racial prejudice (though he did not bear any) but rather, freedom from entering into any venture with a closed mind about what he could gain from or bring to it. There have been many great moments on the SRJO bandstand when Hadley was tackling something new or outside his usual genre, and he would simply digest the new challenge and think, “OK, what can I bring to this music?” There were many times when the SRJO played something previously unknown to Hadley, and he brought all his talent to bear on it in order to create a fresh, new musical statement.
    Hadley loved people, and treated everyone equally–and well. I am a person many years Hadley’s junior, born and raised in a completely different world, and as a faculty member at the “other” music school in town (the UW), I was always competing with him for freshmen students. Yet, from the very first time I started going to visit with him in 1988, he shared openly with me his thoughts and philosophies about life, music, faith and work, always with the assumption that people are just people, and that deep down we all need the same things–and he was (is) right.
    Hadley found joy in many, many things, and when he played music or pursued a work task, he brought that joy with him. In every interaction I ever had with him, he always expressed in multiple ways how happy he was to be busy and working with people he liked, devoting his energy and time to a noble task. He took great joy in work, because through work he accomplished the things that mattered.
    He was persistent. Once he committed to something, he saw it through and gave his all–to his audiences, to his quartet, to the SRJO, and to his wife Linda. He never stopped exploring his art. Every time I saw him or heard him, he was working on something new–a new harmonic concept, a new sound, a new tune, or new way to phrase.
    Hadley lived with a continual sense of gratitude. He expressed over and over how grateful he was to God, and to everyone with whom he worked, for the privilege of being an active, working musician in a town that appreciated his art. He loved being in the SRJO because of the challenges it brought–reading difficult music, fitting into a large ensemble, and matching intonation and phrasing at a high level. He was always determined to practice hard and learn the music so he could play it right, and he had respect for the repertoire and the composers who created it.
    Hadley joined the SRJO in 2003, right as he was entering what I think of as his final, formidable period as an artist. He had just retired from his teaching at Cornish, and suddenly found himself in possession of many hours that he could devote to practicing all the things he had not yet found time for. It paid off. We all know that Hadley was a great player when he settled in Seattle. But since 2003, his playing has soared.
    Seattle showered love on him during this final period of his life, and I am proud of our city for that. He deserved it. I am immensely grateful that I got to work along side him during those great, productive years in his life. He was an inspiration.
    -michael brockman

  7. Carole Joy Philips

    I am so grateful to have met and seen what a wonderfully open and honest person I saw as Hadley. His smile was indeed a lampost to everyone who saw it. I am just sorry I didn’t get to know him better and longer but for my friend Linda I am so glad she was privileged to spend part of her life with him. I think he was the music in her life.

    There are some people that make a difference by just being who they are. But how wonderful to have been blessed with the music as part of him. My prayers and thoughts are with all who miss him now, especially Linda. The music lives on!!

  8. i knew him in 1970 in THEHAIGHT-ASHBURYsan fransisco……he wAS MY apt. manager…..we used to go a beach south of the city……a mellow gifted man…….a great musician………………i remember listening to him playing his scales all day long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………..hope all rememer him fondly…….I do!!!!!!!!

    John NEISS

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