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Henry Threadgill and Zooid at the London Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill and his group Zooid playing at the 2011 London Jazz Festival. With Christopher Hoffmann (cello) and Jose Davila (tuba).

Jez Nelson presents multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill with his group Zooid at the London Jazz Festival. Threadgill, an original member of the Chicago AACM collective, has been at the heart of the jazz avant-garde since establishing his landmark Air trio in the 1970s. Known for his unusual combinations of instruments and musical styles, he has been credited as one of the most important and revolutionary jazz composers of recent years. His Zooid ensemble blends funk, gamelan and Afro-Cuban rhythms in collective improvisation and features cellist Christopher Hoffmann and tuba player Jose Davila.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Guest: Alexander Hawkins
Producers: Robert Abel & Phil Smith.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Henry Threadgill & Zooid recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 19 November 2011

    • Line-up:

      Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone and flute), Liberty Ellman (guitar), José Davila (trombone, tuba), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar), Elliot Kavee (drums)

    • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

      Extremely Sweet William

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

    • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

      To Undertake My Corners Open

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

  • Jez talks to Alexander Hawkins about Henry Threadgill and his career

    • Muhal Richard Abrams

      Wise In Time

      • Young At Heart / Wise In Time.
      • Delmark.
    • Muhal Richard Abrams

      Charlie In The Parker

      • 1 Oqa + 19.
      • Black Saint.
    • Mahalia Jackson

      City Called Heaven

      • Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns.
      • Black Saint.
    • Vernard Johnson

      God Bless America

      • I'm Alive!.
      • Nonesuch.
    • Henry Threadgill

      Grief

      • Song Out Of My Trees.
      • Black Saint.
    • Air

      G.V.E

      • Air Time.
      • Nessa.
    • Very Very Circus

      Better Wrapped / Better Unwrapped

      • Too Much Sugar For A Dime.
      • Axiom.
  • Henry Threadgill & Zooid recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 19 November 2011

    • Line-up:

      Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone and flute), Liberty Ellman (guitar), José Davila (trombone, tuba), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar), Elliot Kavee (drums)

    • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

      Sap

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

    • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

      Talk To The Blackbird

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

    • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

      After Some Time

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

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