Personalities | Henry Threadgill | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Alto saxophone, flute, composer, b. 1944)

One of the most prolific and original composers of his generation, Chicago native Threadgill was a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the mid-1960s. During the 1970s he collaborated with several AACM colleagues and also worked with Air, his trio with drummer Steve McCall and bassist Fred Hopkins. After moving to New York, he began composing through the 1980s for his acclaimed Sextet and Very Very Circus. He has also written ambitious works for symphonic forces and uncategorizable ensembles such as his Make A Move quintet.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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