• Henry Threadgill studies a score in his dressing room.
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    Henry Threadgill studies a score in his dressing room.
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  • Henry Threadgill addresses the crowd with Jason Moran on day one of the two-day event.
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    Henry Threadgill addresses the crowd with Jason Moran on day one of the two-day event.
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  • Saxophonists Darius Jones (left) and Steve Lehman perform music from the repertoire of the band Air, as Jason Moran watches on.
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    Saxophonists Darius Jones (left) and Steve Lehman perform music from the repertoire of the band Air, as Jason Moran watches on.
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  • Both Pheeroan akLaff (left) and JT Lewis were on hand to perform the music of the Henry Threadgill Sextett, an ensemble which featured two drummers.
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    Both Pheeroan akLaff (left) and JT Lewis were on hand to perform the music of the Henry Threadgill Sextett, an ensemble which featured two drummers.
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  • The band Harriet Tubman, three musicians who have all had experience in Threadgill's ensembles, devised its own tribute to their mutual hero.
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    The band Harriet Tubman, three musicians who have all had experience in Threadgill's ensembles, devised its own tribute to their mutual hero.
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  • Frank Lacy (left) entertains a group of Very Very Threadgill performers backstage at Harlem Stage.
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    Frank Lacy (left) entertains a group of Very Very Threadgill performers backstage at Harlem Stage.
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  • Saxophonist Greg Osby joined pianist Jason Moran to perform two of Threadgill's compositions in a spare setting.
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    Saxophonist Greg Osby joined pianist Jason Moran to perform two of Threadgill's compositions in a spare setting.
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  • Jason Moran.
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    Jason Moran.
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  • Henry Threadgill conducts vocalist Fay Victor and the Society Situation Dance Band.
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    Henry Threadgill conducts vocalist Fay Victor and the Society Situation Dance Band.
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  • Pyeng Threadgill, the daughter of Henry Threadgill, appears with the Society Situation Dance Band.
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    Pyeng Threadgill, the daughter of Henry Threadgill, appears with the Society Situation Dance Band.
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  • The Harlem Stage Gatehouse crowd was encouraged to get up for the Society Situation Dance Band.
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    The Harlem Stage Gatehouse crowd was encouraged to get up for the Society Situation Dance Band.
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The saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill, 70, has long been an standard-bearer for boundary-crossing music. In his wildly creative work, inspirations as disparate as rags, calypso and funk transmogrify into unique frameworks for improvisation. Pianist Jason Moran is one of his loyal fans — Threadgill is his favorite composer, he says — and programmed this tribute, gathering both Threadgill sidemen and up-and-comers to perform works from throughout Threadgill's career.

Jazz Night in America presents highlights from Very Very Threadgill, a two-day festival of music at Harlem Stage in uptown Manhattan. The revue brought together over 40 musicians, from those who played in Henry Threadgill's various ensembles to those of a new generation who admire Threadgill's genius, through the lens of his various groundbreaking ensembles including Air, Very Very Circus, Sextett and Society Situation Dance Band.

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