For over 50 years, Henry Threadgill has been “perpetually altering the meaning of jazz” (Chicago Tribune)
. His self-described “creative, improvised music” blends black American music from ragtime to gospel to free jazz with contemporary chamber music. He has led many bands, including Air, Sextett, Zooid, and Double-Up. He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall and Bang on a Can All-Stars and been awarded a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music, the Doris Duke Impact Award
, New Music USA Project Grant, USA Prudential Fellowship, and Guggenheim Fellowship. He is an early member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and has been voted “Composer of the Year” in the DownBeat
Critics Poll multiple times. His latest release, Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp
(Pi, 2012), employs his unique pitch system existing outside traditional Western music. In 2014, Harlem Stage
held a two-day tribute in his honor called Very Very Threadgill
. He was inducted into the ASCAP
Wall of Fame in 2015.