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Henry Threadgill Zooid

For over forty years, Henry Threadgill has been celebrated as one of the most forward-thinking composers and multi-instrumentalists in American music. The New York Times has called him “perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation.” Born in 1944 in Chicago, Threadgill is an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), an influential organization dedicated to the performance of original music by its members. 2016 was a banner year for Threadgill: his work “In for a Penny, In for a Pound” was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, the annual Leadership Conference of the Vietnam Veterans of America honored him with their Excellence in the Arts award, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalist Association, and his recording “Old Locks and Irregular Verbs” was voted the number one album of the year in both the NPR Jazz Critics Poll and the Jazz Times Critics’ Poll. Threadgill has also been a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003, an Aaron Copland Award in 2009, Doris Duke Impact Award in 2015, and a United States Artists Fellow in 2008. Down Beat Magazine’s International Jazz Critics Poll has distinguished him with its Best Composer Awards in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1995 and The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with its Composer of the Year Award in 2002. Threadgill has led numerous groups, including Air, the Sextett, Very Very Circus, the twenty-piece Society Situation Dance Band, Make a Move, Zooid, and his current group, the Double Up Ensemble, which features two pianos. He has released over thirty critically acclaimed albums as a leader with various record labels including Arista Novus, Axiom, Black Saint, Sony/Columbia and Pi Recordings.

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