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Through his publishing company, Fana Music, Yusef Abdul Lateef contributed extensively to the glossary of performance and improvisational methodology with such works as "Yusef Lateef's Flute Book of the Blues," "A Repository of Melodic Scales and Patterns," and "123 Duets for Treble Clef Instruments."
Dr. Yusef Abdul Lateef, 93, of Shutesbury, passed away Monday, December 23, 2013, in the late morning. He passed peacefully at home survived by loved ones, his wife, Ayesha; a son, Yusef; a granddaughter, Iqbal; and several great-grandchildren. His first wife, Tahira, died before him, as did a son and a daughter.
A viewing was held Thursday, December 26, from 3 to 5:15 p.m. with Janaza prayers at 5:15 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Home, 87 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, Massachusetts.
His autobiography, The Gentle Giant, by Herb Boyd, aptly describes his patient, soft-spoken demeanor and compassionate heart.
References Lateef, Yusef; Boyd, Herb. The Gentle Giant. Morton Books, Inc.: New Jersey. January 2006. Print. Keepnews, Peter. "Yusef Lateef, Innovative Jazz Musician, and Is Dead at 93." New York Times. 25 December 2013. New York Edition, page A21. Print. YusefLateef.com. Web. 26 December 2013.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.