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Maria Schneider and Rudresh Mahanthappa share top honors in the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.
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December 21, 2015 Composer-bandleader Maria Schneider's The Thompson Fields and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls tie for top album honors among 147 writers and broadcasters.
Henry Threadgill studies a score in his dressing room at Very Very Threadgill.
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October 8, 2014 The saxophonist and composer has long been an standard-bearer for boundary-crossing music. From uptown Manhattan, Jason Moran curates a concert retrospective of his wildly creative universe.
Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp, the new album by Henry Threadgill's Zooid, comes out June 26.
June 17, 2012 A zooid is an organism that functions independently within a larger organism — a sensible metaphor for an improvising band which has operated under an original system of mutable, multi-directional grooves for a dozen years now. Hear the group's new album.
Henry Threadgill threads together musical strains from America's past and all over the globe.
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January 4, 2011 Air was a flagship of the 1970s avant-garde, but saxophonist Henry Threadgill, bassist Fred Hopkins and drummer Steve McCall first came together to play Scott Joplin's piano music. That and more are documented on a massive eight-CD box set of Threadgill's music.
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Composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill says he draws inspiration from nonmusical sources like science and literature.
June 23, 2010 Composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill has been combining chamber music with improvisation for almost half a century. His current group is called Zooid, a term for independent organisms that work together in a colony, like coral. Threadgill's band uses independent voices that come together to create a whole sound.
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November 14, 2001 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Up Popped the Two Lips, one of two new records by composer, saxophonist and flutist Henry Threadgill. Threadgill recorded the album with a new sextet called Zooid.
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