Henry Threadgill at Roulette in November

Henry Threadgill
Cover of Henry Threadgill

From Roulette:

Composer / Saxophonist Henry Threadgill and his Zooid ensemble come to ROULETTE for a three night residency with special guests!

November 11
Henry Threadgill with Zooid + Strings (members of Flux Quartet)

November 12
Henry Threadgill with Zooid + Talujon Percussion Quartet

November 13
Henry Threadgill with Zooid

8:30 PM
$20 General Admission
$15 Students, Seniors, Under 30s
Call 212.219.8242 to RSVP

Henry Threadgill, aside from being a remarkable alto saxophone player, is one of the most imaginative of jazz composers today. “He seems to be deliberately challenging the audience: My lyricism and mastery come complete with thorns and spikes, and I promise to yank the props out from under you,” quoted John Litweiler, longtime Down Beat jazz critic, in an article he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times. Threadgill was one of the founding members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a Chicago group that was free-form, you might say, in its philosophy and approach. Not long ago Peter Watrous of the New York Times described Threadgill as “perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation.” Recent concerts in Chicago have led the local critics to speak of him as a revolutionary figure, altering the manner in which jazz itself is going. Said Howard Reich, jazz critic of the Chicago Tribune, “It would be difficult to overestimate Henry Threagill’s role in perpetually altering the meaning of jazz..…He has changed our underlying assumptions of what jazz can and should be.”

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