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Jazz bass legend Charnett Moffett dies aged 54

Jazz bass guitar legend Charnett Moffett has died, aged 54. He suffered a heart attack, and was pronounced dead at Stanford University Hospital on April 11. Moffett’s publicist, Lydia Liedman, said in a statement that he was with his wife and longtime collaborator Jana Herzen at the time, and that he had been ill in recent years with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a condition that caused him intense pain and that his family suspects played a role in his heart attack.
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In Memoriam: Charnett Moffett

Today we have very sad news to share. Jazz bass virtuoso, composer, and bandleader Charnett Moffett died suddenly on Monday, April 11th of a heart attack. He was 54 years old. The news was confirmed by his publicist, Lydia Liebman. “Mr. Moffett had privately been struggling with bouts of intense...

Charnett Moffett 1967 – 2022

Charnett Moffett, a bassist and composer whose virtuosity on both electric (often fretless) and acoustic instruments was matched by his versatility, died April 11 at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, Calif. The cause was a heart attack. Moffett’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Lydia Liebman, who issued an official announcement on April 13. Moffett was 54 and “had been struggling with bouts of intense pain from Trigeminal Neuralgia for the past few years,” according to the announcement.
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Charnett Moffett: “I try to get a lyrical, singing quality through the fretless bass. It’s a way of being in direct communication with people”

Jazz veteran Charnett Moffett discusses his latest life-affirming album, New Love, and how Jaco Pastorius and Alphonso Johnson shaped his approach to playing. Charnett Moffett has enjoyed a long and productive career in the jazz world, inspired by the example of his late father Charles Moffett, who played drums for Ornette Coleman.

New Album: Charnett Moffett Trio, Live

Renowned jazz bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett released his first live trio recording, furthering an exciting, unpredictable and richly artistic jazz journey featuring guitarist/vocalist Jana Herzen with drummer Corey Garcia. The chemistry of this trio has deep roots. Moffett has collaborated with Herzen for over 12 years now, and Garcia has joined them for many live performances since 2018 and recorded with them on Herzen’s 2021 Live quintet album produced by Moffett, and also on Moffett’s internationally acclaimed studio project, ‘NEW LOVE’, released by Motéma in June 2021.

Charnett Moffett: New Love

If one thing is obvious from this CD, it is that electric bassist Charnett Moffett is a happy man these days. His playing leaps out of the speakers on these tracks with joy and high spirits. That may be because he works here in the company of his "new love," his wife, guitarist Jana Herzen. The two of them bounce, dance and wiggle their instruments together on twelve wide-ranging tracks which take in funk, reggae, folk, and psychedelia, always exuding a close-knit harmonic chemistry.