Yusef Lateef, born William Emanuel Huddleston (Chattanooga (Tennessee), October 9, 1920 – december 23, Shutesbury2013) was an American jazz musician,multi-instrumentalistcomposerteacher and spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

In addition to the tenor saxophone and the fluteoboe and Lateef played the clarinet, and further instruments particularly in the music world , such as the bamboo flute,shanaishofar, the xunargulsarewa, and the koto. He was known for his innovative blend of jazz with Oriental music.


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In 1925 he moved with his family to Detroit, and there he received contact with some (future) for men from the jazz music, including Milt JacksonBarry HarrisTommy FlanaganPaul ChambersDonald Byrd, the brothers Jones (HankThad and Elvin), Curtis FullerKenny BurrellLucky Thompson and Matthew Rucker. Already during his high school years he played tenor saxophone, and at the age of 18, he began performing with swing bands led by Hartley TootsHot Lips PageRoy EldridgeHerbie Fields and Lucky Millender. In 1949, he was invited to play with Dizzy Gillespie.

In 1950 he returned to Detroit, where he studied composition and flute at Wayne State University. He converted to islam and took the name Yusef Lateef. From 1955-1959 he led a Quintet with Curtis FullerHugh LawsonLouis Hayes and Ernie Farrell.

Yusef made recordings under his own name from 1956 for Savoy Records, and has since released over 100 recordings at labels like PrestigeRiversideImpulseAtlanticand his own label YAL. Except under own name has occurred in the 1960s and Lateef recordings made with the ensembles of Charles MingusCannonball AdderleyMiles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

In addition to tenor saxophone and flute, also played oboe and bassoon Lateef and he made use of a number of instruments that are used in particular in the world music such as the bamboo fluteshanaishofarxunargulsarewa, and koto.

Until his death on 23 december 2013 Lateef remained active on stage and in the studio.


As band leader[Edit]Edit

As an accompanist[Edit]Edit

With Donald Byrd

  • Byrd Jazz (Transition, 1955)-also released as First Flight (Delmark)

With Art Farmer

With Curtis Fuller

With Grant Green

With Cannonball Adderley

With Leon Redbone

With Randy Weston

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