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Yusef Lateef
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Lateef in a 2007 performance
Background information
Birth name William Emanuel Huddleston
Also known as Yusef Lateef
Born (1920-10-09)October 9, 1920
Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
Died December 23, 2013(2013-12-23) (aged 93)
Shutesbury, Massachusetts
United States
Genres New Age music, jazz, post-bop, jazz fusion, swing, hard bop, third stream, autophysiopsychic music, world music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, educator, spokesman, author
Instruments Tenor saxophone, flute, oboe, bassoon, bamboo flute, shehnai, shofar, arghul, koto
Years active 1957 – 2013
Labels Savoy, Prestige, Verve, Riverside, Impulse, Atlantic, CTI, YAL Records
Associated acts Cannonball Adderley, Elvin Jones, Adam Rudolph, Dizzy Gillespie, Curtis Fuller, Grant Green, Donald Byrd, Art Farmer

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.

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