Henry Threadgill

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Birth nameHenry Threadgill_header_cell_0_2_0 Henry Luther ThreadgillHenry Threadgill_cell_0_2_1
BornHenry Threadgill_header_cell_0_3_0 (1944-02-15) February 15, 1944 (age 76)

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Henry Threadgill_cell_0_3_1

GenresHenry Threadgill_header_cell_0_4_0 Jazz, avant-garde jazz, free jazzHenry Threadgill_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Henry Threadgill_header_cell_0_5_0 Musician, composerHenry Threadgill_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsHenry Threadgill_header_cell_0_6_0 Saxophone, fluteHenry Threadgill_cell_0_6_1
Years activeHenry Threadgill_header_cell_0_7_0 1960s–presentHenry Threadgill_cell_0_7_1
LabelsHenry Threadgill_header_cell_0_8_0 Arista/Novus, About Time, Black Saint, Columbia, PiHenry Threadgill_cell_0_8_1
Associated actsHenry Threadgill_header_cell_0_9_0 AACM, Air, Muhal Richard Abrams, Billy Bang, Anthony Braxton, Craig Harris, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe MitchellHenry Threadgill_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteHenry Threadgill_header_cell_0_10_0 Henry Threadgill_cell_0_10_1

Henry Threadgill (born February 15, 1944) is an American composer, saxophonist and flautist. Henry Threadgill_sentence_0

He came to prominence in the 1970s leading ensembles rooted in jazz but with unusual instrumentation and often incorporating other genres of music. Henry Threadgill_sentence_1

He has performed and recorded with several ensembles: Air, Aggregation Orb, Make a Move, the seven-piece Henry Threadgill Sextett, the twenty-piece Society Situation Dance Band, Very Very Circus, X-75, and Zooid. Henry Threadgill_sentence_2

He was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album In for a Penny, In for a Pound, which premiered at Roulette Intermedium on December 4, 2014 Henry Threadgill_sentence_3

Career Henry Threadgill_section_0

Threadgill performed as a percussionist in his high-school marching band before taking up baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, and flute. Henry Threadgill_sentence_4

He studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, majoring in piano, flute, and composition. Henry Threadgill_sentence_5

He studied piano with Gail Quillman and composition with Stella Roberts. Henry Threadgill_sentence_6

He was an original member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in his hometown of Chicago and worked under the guidance of Muhal Richard Abrams before leaving to tour with a gospel band. Henry Threadgill_sentence_7

In 1967, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, playing with a rock band in Vietnam during the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968. Henry Threadgill_sentence_8

He was discharged in 1969. Henry Threadgill_sentence_9

After returning to Chicago, Threadgill joined fellow AACM members bassist Fred Hopkins and drummer Steve McCall in a trio which would eventually become the group Air. Henry Threadgill_sentence_10

He moved to New York City, where he formed his first group, X-75, a nonet consisting of four reed players, four bass players, and a vocalist. Henry Threadgill_sentence_11

In the early 1980s, Threadgill created his first critically acclaimed ensemble as a leader, the Henry Threadgill Sextet (actually a septet; he counted the two drummers as a single percussion unit), which released three albums on About Time Records. Henry Threadgill_sentence_12

After a hiatus, he formed New Air with Pheeroan akLaff, replacing Steve McCall on drums, and reformed the Henry Threadgill Sextett (with two t's at the end). Henry Threadgill_sentence_13

The six albums the group recorded feature some of his most accessible work, notably on the album You Know the Number. Henry Threadgill_sentence_14

The group's unorthodox instrumentation included two drummers, double bass, cello, trumpet, and trombone, in addition to Threadgill's alto saxophone and flute. Henry Threadgill_sentence_15

Among the players were drummers akLaff, John Betsch, Reggie Nicholson and Newman Baker; bassist Fred Hopkins; cellist Diedre Murray; trumpeters Rasul Siddik and Ted Daniels; cornetist Olu Dara; and trombonists Ray Anderson, Frank Lacy, Bill Lowe, and Craig Harris. Henry Threadgill_sentence_16

During the 1990s, Threadgill pushed the musical boundaries even further with his ensemble Very Very Circus. Henry Threadgill_sentence_17

The group consisted of two tubas, two electric guitars, a trombone or French horn, and drums. Henry Threadgill_sentence_18

With this group he explored more complex and highly structured forms of composition, augmenting the group with Latin percussion, French horn, violin, accordion, vocalists, and exotic instruments. Henry Threadgill_sentence_19

He composed and recorded with other unusual instruments, such as a flute quartet (Flute Force Four, a one-time project from 1990); and combinations of four cellos and four acoustic guitars (on Makin' a Move). Henry Threadgill_sentence_20

He was signed by Columbia Records for three albums. Henry Threadgill_sentence_21

Since the dissolution of Very Very Circus, Threadgill has continued in his iconoclastic ways with ensembles such as Make a Move and Zooid. Henry Threadgill_sentence_22

Zooid, currently a sextet with tuba (Jose Davila), acoustic guitar (Liberty Ellman), cello (Christopher Hoffman), drums (Elliot Kavee) and bass guitar (Stomu Takeishi), has been the primary vehicle for Threadgill's compositions in the 2000s. Henry Threadgill_sentence_23

Awards and honors Henry Threadgill_section_1

In 2016, Threadgill's composition In for a Penny, In for a Pound was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Henry Threadgill_sentence_24

In July 2016, he received the at the VVA National Leadership Conference in Tucson. Henry Threadgill_sentence_25

"Run Silent, Run Deep, Run Loud, Run High" (conducted by Hale Smith) and "Mix for Orchestra" (conducted by Dennis Russell Davies), were both premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1987 and 1993 respectively. Henry Threadgill_sentence_26

He has had commissions from Mordine & Company in 1971 and 1989, from Carnegie Hall for "Quintet for Strings and Woodwinds" in 1983 and 1985, the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1985, Bang on a Can All-Stars in 1995, "Peroxide" commissioned by the Miller Theatre Columbia University in 2003 for "Aggregation Orb", a commission from the Talujon Percussion Ensemble in 2008, a piece "Fly Fliegen Volar" commissioned and premiered at the Saalfelden Jazz Festival with the Junge Philharmonie Salzburg Orchestra in 2007, a premier of the piece "Mc Guffins" with Zooid at the Biennale Festival in Italy in 2004 to name some. Henry Threadgill_sentence_27

Personal life Henry Threadgill_section_2

Threadgill was born in Chicago. Henry Threadgill_sentence_28

He studied piano, flute, and composition at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and Governors State University, in University Park, Illinois. Henry Threadgill_sentence_29

He was a member of the US Army Concert Band, and served in Vietnam. Henry Threadgill_sentence_30

He is married to recording artist and ethnomusicologist Senti Toy, also known as Sentienla Toy Threadgill. Henry Threadgill_sentence_31

Discography Henry Threadgill_section_3

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Air Henry Threadgill_sentence_32

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X-75 Henry Threadgill_sentence_33

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Henry Threadgill Sextett Henry Threadgill_sentence_34

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Very Very Circus Henry Threadgill_sentence_35

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Make a Move Henry Threadgill_sentence_36

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Zooid Henry Threadgill_sentence_37

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Ensemble Double Up Henry Threadgill_sentence_38

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14 or 15 Kestra: Agg Henry Threadgill_sentence_39

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With Muhal Richard Abrams Henry Threadgill_sentence_40

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With Anthony Braxton Henry Threadgill_sentence_41

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  • For Trio (Arista, 1978)Henry Threadgill_item_9_37

With Chico Freeman Henry Threadgill_sentence_42

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With Roscoe Mitchell Henry Threadgill_sentence_43

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With Frank Walton Henry Threadgill_sentence_44

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  • Reality (1978)Henry Threadgill_item_12_41

With David Murray Henry Threadgill_sentence_45

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  • Ming (1980)Henry Threadgill_item_13_42
  • Home (1981)Henry Threadgill_item_13_43
  • Murray's Steps (1982)Henry Threadgill_item_13_44

With Material / Bill Laswell Henry Threadgill_sentence_46

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With Sly & Robbie / Bill Laswell Henry Threadgill_sentence_47

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With Carlinhos Brown / Bill Laswell Henry Threadgill_sentence_48

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  • Bahia Black: Ritual Beating System (1991)Henry Threadgill_item_16_48

With Leroy Jenkins Henry Threadgill_sentence_49

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  • Themes & Improvisations on the Blues (1992)Henry Threadgill_item_17_49

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  • Darn It! (1992) with Paul HainesHenry Threadgill_item_18_50
  • A Thousand Nights and a Night (Shadow Night – 1) (1996)Henry Threadgill_item_18_51

With Billy Bang Henry Threadgill_sentence_51

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With Sola Henry Threadgill_sentence_52

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  • Blues in the East (1994)Henry Threadgill_item_20_54

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  • 25 Years (1996)Henry Threadgill_item_21_55

With Flute Force Four (Threadgill, Pedro Eustache, Melecio Magdaluyo, James Newton) Henry Threadgill_sentence_54

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  • Flutistry (1990, released 1997)Henry Threadgill_item_22_56

With Douglas Ewart Henry Threadgill_sentence_55

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  • Angles of Entrance (1998)Henry Threadgill_item_23_57

With Jean-Paul Bourelly Henry Threadgill_sentence_56

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  • Boom Bop (2000)Henry Threadgill_item_24_58
  • Trance Atlantic – Boom Bop II (2001)Henry Threadgill_item_24_59

With Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw Henry Threadgill_sentence_57

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  • Gigi (2001)Henry Threadgill_item_25_60

With Lucky Peterson Henry Threadgill_sentence_58

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  • Black Midnight Sun (2002)Henry Threadgill_item_26_61

With Dafnis Prieto Henry Threadgill_sentence_59

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  • Absolute Quintet (2006)Henry Threadgill_item_27_62

With Wadada Leo Smith Henry Threadgill_sentence_60

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With Jack DeJohnette Henry Threadgill_sentence_61

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