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Yusef Lateef

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Yusef Lateef
Lateef in a 2007 performance
Lateef in a 2007 performance
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Emanuel Huddleston
Also known asYusef Lateef
Born(1920-10-09)October 9, 1920
Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
DiedDecember 23, 2013(2013-12-23) (aged 93)
Shutesbury, Massachusetts
United States
GenresNew Age music, jazz, post-bop, jazz fusion, swing, hard bop, third stream, autophysiopsychic music, world music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, educator, spokesman, author
InstrumentsTenor saxophone, flute, oboe, bassoon, bamboo flute, shehnai, shofar, arghul, koto
Years active1957 – 2013
LabelsSavoy, Prestige, Verve, Riverside, Impulse, Atlantic, CTI, YAL Records

Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston, October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator. He won a Grammy Award in 1987.

Lateef mainly played the tenor saxophone and flute. He also played oboe and bassoon. He is known for his innovative blending of jazz with "Eastern" music.

He became a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950.

Lateef died at the age of 93 in Shutesbury, Massachusetts. He had suffered from prostate cancer.[1]


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  1. "Yusef Lateef, Grammy Award winning musician and composer, dies at 93". Gazettenet.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013.

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