Help
Skip to main content
Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef (Multi-Instrumentalist)

Born: 9th October 1920, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Died: 23rd December 2013, Shutesbury, Massachusetts

Nationality: American

Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Community in America.

Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, and non-western instruments such as the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto. He is known for having been an innovator in the blending of jazz with "Eastern" music. Peter Keepnews, in his New York Times obituary of Lateef, wrote that the musician "played world music before world music had a name".

Lateef's books included two novellas entitled A Night in the Garden of Love and Another Avenue, the short story collections Spheres and Rain Shapes, also his autobiography, The Gentle Giant, written in collaboration with Herb Boyd. Along with his record label YAL Records, Lateef owned Fana Music, a music publishing company.

All Genres: Yusef Lateef

Bebop

Fusion

Hard Bop

Modal & Post Bop

Vocal Jazz

Recent Best Sellers: Yusef Lateef

  • Live At Pep's
    Download from $8.25
  • The Golden Flute
    Download from $8.25
  • The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records
    Download from $20.75
  • Much In Common - All Star Big Band
    Download from $14.25
  • The Last Savoy Sessions
    Download from $16.75
  • Jazz Mood
    Download from $8.25
  • New Releases: Yusef Lateef