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Document Details


Title: Yusef Lateef
Local code: Sc Visual VRA-181
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Collection: Louis Armstrong Jazz Oral History Project
Description: Yusef Lateef is a musician, composer and educator. Born William Evans on Oct. 9, 1920, he joined the Islam movement in 1949 and took a Muslim name. Motivated by his parents at an early age, he began his career with the tenor saxophone. It was Lateef's use of woodwind instruments, most notably flute and oboe, which gained him recognition for his composition and use of Asian, African and Middle Eastern rhythms. Initially self-educated, he received an MA and doctorate in music education. Lateef continues to compose, write and teach.
URL: http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/scl/MULTIMED/JAZZHIST/ylcat.htm
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Lateef, Yusef, 1920-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 9-Oct-1920
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Composer; Educator; Jazz musician
Age at speaking: 76
Document location: New York, NY
Document date: 27-Sep-1996
Interviewer: Ridley, Larry, 1937-
Locations discussed: Chicago, IL; Illinois; New York; New York, NY; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Chicago, IL; History; Illinois; Jazz; Jazz musicians; Music; New York; New York, NY; North America; Oral history; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Jazz scene; Music history
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024708-26410