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Henry Threadgill

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Henry Threadgill first performed as a percussionist in his high school marching band before taking up the baritone saxophone and later a large portion of the woodwind instrument family. He soon settled primarily upon the alto saxophone and the flute. He was one of the original members of the legendary AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) in his hometown of Chicago and worked under the guidance of Muhal Richard Abrams before leaving to tour with a gospel band. He later served in the Army, where he played with a rock band. Upon his return to Chicago he rejoined fellow AACM members Fred Hopkins and Steve McCall, forming a trio which would eventually become the group Air, one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed avant-garde jazz groups of the 1970s and 1980s

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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News: Event

2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert to Take Place Virtually April 22, 2021

2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert to Take Place Virtually April 22, 2021

Join the celebration of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters as the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, presents a virtual tribute concert in honor of Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Henry Threadgill, and Phil Schaap (2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy). The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert ...

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Article: My Favourite Things

Tobias Klein e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Tobias Klein e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Musica che risuoni dentro. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La capacità di vivere una situazione musicale. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice Quando sembra che la musica si suoni ...

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Article: Interview

Tino Tracanna: L'arte della sintesi

Read "Tino Tracanna: L'arte della sintesi" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La pubblicazione dell'ultimo album di Tino Tracanna, Distilled, che è anche il debutto discografico del nuovo trio, ci ha dato l'occasione per parlare con uno dei protagonisti del jazz in Italia. Alla presentazione del nuovo lavoro segue un'ampia discussione sugli elementi costitutivi della sua musica, sugli artisti a lui più cari, sulla didattica nei ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Threadgill

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Threadgill

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry Threadgill's birthday today! Henry Threadgill first performed as a percussionist in his high school marching band before taking up the baritone saxophone and later a large portion of the woodwind instrument family. He soon settled primarily upon the alto saxophone and the flute. He was one of the original members ...

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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Article: Radio

A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1

Read "A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Circus is like Jazz. They both require a great deal of originality and a capacity to improvise and be in the moment. They come out of a sense of urgency and self-expression since artists do not embrace them to get rich. And they both demand incredible dedication and discipline. This week we explore the ...

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Article: Album Review

Steph Richards: Supersense

Read "Supersense" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With all the threatening weirdness and desperate surrealism that has become life in the USA, it makes absolute sense that Supersense, daring trumpeter/composer Steph Richards' third full length album, starts out like an encroaching invasion of ants, or microbes, or a disruptive, divisive, myopic political movement. As with such forward seeking rebels as Henry ...

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Article: Album Review

Jason Robinson: Harmonic Constituent

Read "Harmonic Constituent" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you've ever visited Mendocino County you would have a head start to appreciate saxophonist Jason Robinson's Harmonic Constituent. His week-long retreat to this magnificent Northern California coast inspired this ambitious and diverse recording. Robinson, a musical omnivore previously recorded with the quartet Cosmologic, his Henry Threadgill inspired Janus Ensemble, in duos with Anthony Davis and ...


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