Yusef Lateef

A member of Dizzy Gillespie’s band of the 1940s, Yusef Lateef played ‘world’ music long before it had a name. An innovative and hugely influential tenor saxophonist, flautist and oboe player, he also picked up many other instruments. As a pioneer of the fusion of Eastern music with jazz, he incorporated Asian reeds, the argol, the shennai and percussion instruments from all over the world to create his own form of jazz. Along with Ellington and Coltrane, Lateef gelled American and Asian improvisational music, introducing Western ears to a new beauty.