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Yusef Lateef dies at 93; Grammy winner blended jazz, world music
Yusef Lateef dies at 93; Grammy winner blended jazz, world music

Yusef Lateef, a Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator who brought the sounds of world music to jazz and became one of the first jazz musicians to convert to the teachings of Islam, has died. He was 93. Lateef died Monday at his home in Shutesbury, Mass., his family announced. Lateef initially was best known as a dynamic tenor saxophonist with a big tone and a strong sense of swing. But his persistent creative and intellectual curiosity led him to the discovery of an array of other instruments as well as a fascination with various international forms of music. He was an early advocate for the flute as a credible jazz voice. And his performances on the oboe as...

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