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.
Jazz is for me the most important cultural revolution of the 20th century and I'm proud to
play this kind of music. For me, jazz is more than a kind of music, it's the best way of playing
any musical material.