Pulitzer and Polar Prizes —Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Wayne Shorter

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Much of Jazz at 100 Today! so far has focused on younger musicians who are making their mark on the music. In this hour, we look at the late career accolades for Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith who have been honored by the Pulitzer Prize Committee, and Wayne Shorter, the recipient of the 2017 Polar Prize.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quintet "Thurgood Marshall and Brown Vs. Board of Education: A Dream of Equal Education, 1954." from Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform Records) 3:21
  • Host speaks 18:18
  • Henry Threadgill Zooid "Tresepic (For Trombone and Tuba)" from In For A Penny, In For A Pound (Pi Recordings) 20:24
  • Host speaks 37:46
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet "Zero Gravity to the 10th Power" from Without A Net (Blue Note) 40:26
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra "Prometheus Unbound" from Emanon (Blue Note) 48:37
  • Host Outro 56:47

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