The jazz world is mourning the loss of one of its great innovators, Mr. Yusef Lateef, who passed away December 23rd at age 93. Lateef, 93, was a multi-reed instrumentalist, most well known for playing tenor saxophonist, oboe and flute. He was a pioneer in world music, combining the hard hitting elements of jazz with Middle Eastern musical traditions. Mr. Lateef was born and raised in Detroit and is survived by his wife Ayesha and son also named Yusef Lateef.
To read more about Lateef’s musical accomplishments, read Free Press music critic Mark Stryker’s piece here.