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Remembering Yusef Lateef


The Yusef Lateef Quartet perform "Yesterdays" on April 22, 1972.


Yusef Lateef, flute
Kenny Barron, piano
Bob Cunningham, bass
Albert Heath, drums

Exposed to jazz in Detroit at a young age William Emanuel Huddleston was already a proficient saxophonist by the time he graduated high school.

He toured with several Swing bands and in 1949 was invited to join Dizzy Gillespie's Orchestra.

Taking the name Yusef Lateef after a conversion to Islam he studied flute at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1950.

By 1961 his Eastern influences were vividly apparent on the tenor sax and wooden flute laden record releases "Into Something" and "Eastern Sounds."

Lateef returned to college in 1960 to study flute at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1969 he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music and a Master's Degree in Music Education the following year. He went on to teach himself accepting a position with the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire College in 1986.

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