R.I.P. Dept.: Jazz Legend Yusef Lateef, Dead at 93

Yusef Lateef (left).

Yusef Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston), a Grammy-winning jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, died today at his home in Shutesbury, Mass. He was 93.

Lateef’s main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, but he also played oboe and bassoon, and used a number of world music instruments, notably the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, Xun, arghul, sarewa, and koto. He is known for his innovative blending of jazz with “Eastern” music, according to Wikipedia.

For more on Yusef Lateef, head to Billboard and TheChattanoogan.com and the Detroit Free Press.

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