Henry Threadgill
Composer, Saxophonist, and Flautist
New York, NY
2008 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Prudential Foundation.

Composer, saxophonist, and flautist Henry Threadgill was one of the original members of the legendary Association for the Ad-vancement of Creative Musicians. With Fred Hopkins and Steve McCall, he formed the trio Air, which became one of the most acclaimed avant-garde jazz groups of the 1970s and 1980s. He continued his experimental work with unusual instrumentation with his subsequent groups, Sextett, X-75, and Very Very Circus. Threadgill is considered one of the most original jazz composers of his time. His works transcend musical genres, fusing classical, bop, and free jazz.

Portrait photo courtesy Nhumi Threadgill.

  • Artwork by Henry Threadgill
    Henry Threadgill in concert; photo courtesy Ziga Koritnik
Artwork by Henry Threadgill