This Pick of the Week celebrates Jazz Month by featuring saxophonist, flutist, and composer Henry Threadgill in his 2013 performance at the Coolidge Auditorium. Since the 1960s, Henry Threadgill has been on the leading edge of avant-garde jazz with his original compositions. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2016, one of only three jazz artists to win the prestigious award. Together with Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert "Tootie" Heath, and Phil Schaap, Henry Threadgill is one of the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. The artists will be celebrated at the 2021 Jazz Masters Tribute Concert scheduled on April 21, 2021. We hope this Pick of the Week inspires you to learn more about Henry Threadgill and the NEA Jazz Masters.
A rare Washington appearance from Henry Threadgill, "one of the most important living composers in and around the jazz idiom" (Nate Chinen) and a dazzling alto saxophonist and flutist with masterly improvisational skills.
Larry Appelbaum interviews composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill about his musical upbringing in Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the story of his life-changing experience in Vietnam, his groups Air and Zooid, and his approach to composition and improvisation.