Chattanooga Native Yusuf Lateef Dies At 93

Monday, December 23, 2013

Chattanooga native Yusef Lateef, jazz innovator who won a Grammy Award, has died at the age of 93 at his home at Shutesbury, Mass.

Born William Emanuel Huddleston on Oct. 9, 1920, he moved with his family to Detroit in 1925.

He was especially gifted on the flute and tenor saxophone, though he played many instruments.

He was invited to tour with Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra in 1949.

His Grammy came in 1987 for Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony.

Lateef was named an American Jazz Master for the year 2010 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to a musician, he was also an artist.

His website says:

Yusef Lateef is universally acknowledged as one of the great living masters and innovators in the African American tradition of autophysiopsychic music — that which comes from one’s spiritual, physical and emotional self. 

As a virtuoso on a broad spectrum of reed instruments -- tenor saxophone, flute, oboe, bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, argol, sarewa, and taiwan koto — Yusef Lateef has introduced delightful new sounds and blends of tone colors to audiences all over the world, and he has incorporated the sounds of many countries into his own music. As a result, he is considered a pioneer in what is known today as “world music.”

As a composer, Yusef Lateef has compiled a catalogue of works not only for the quartets and quintets he has led, but for symphony and chamber orchestras, stage bands, small ensembles, vocalists, choruses and solo pianists. His extended works have been performed by the WDR (Cologne), NDR (Hamburg), Atlanta, Augusta and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, the Symphony of the New World, Eternal Wind, the GO Organic Orchestra, and the New Century Players from California Insitute of the Arts. In 1987 he won a Grammy Award for his recording of “Yusef Lateef’s Little Symphony,” on which he performed all the parts. His latest extended works include a woodwind quintet, his Symphony No.2, and a concerto for piano and orchestra.

As an educator, Yusef has devoted much of his life to exploring the methodology of autophysiopsychic music in various cultures and passing what he has learned on to new generations of students. He is an emeritus Five Colleges professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, from which he was awarded a Ph.D. in Education in 1975. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “An Overview of Western and Islamic Education.” In 2007 he was named University of Massachusetts’ “Artist of the Year.”

As an author, Yusef Lateef has published two novellas, “A Night in the Garden of Love” and “Another Avenue;” two collections of short stories, “Spheres” and “Rain Shapes;” and his autobiography, “The Gentle Giant,” written in collaboration with Herb Boyd. In recent years he has also exhibited his paintings at various art galleries. 


EBCT Presents The Music Man July 15-16 & July 21-23

Jerry Summers On Best Of Grizzard - Proud Pig Valve Patron

Upcoming Chattanooga Live Music Events


The Music Man When: Where: Christ United Methodist Church 8645 East Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421 East Brainerd Community Theater presents its production of Meredith Wilson’s ... (click for more)

The tragic death of the first patient who received a pig heart in January 2022 cannot overlook the fact that humorist, Lewis Grizzard, received at least two pig replacements of his aortic valve ... (click for more)

Here are the upcoming Chattanooga Live Music events. Check the CLM Facebook events schedule page for details of each event. 30-Jun Wanderlinger Brew w/ Carl Pemberton at 3 PM 30-Jun Big ... (click for more)



Entertainment

EBCT Presents The Music Man July 15-16 & July 21-23

The Music Man When: Where: Christ United Methodist Church 8645 East Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421 East Brainerd Community Theater presents its production of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, July 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and July 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinée on July 23 at 2:30 p.m. With memorable hits like "Till there was You" and "76 Trombones," the musical ... (click for more)

Jerry Summers On Best Of Grizzard - Proud Pig Valve Patron

The tragic death of the first patient who received a pig heart in January 2022 cannot overlook the fact that humorist, Lewis Grizzard, received at least two pig replacements of his aortic valve that was provided by a member of the swine family. David Bennett died on March 8, 2022, at the University of Maryland Center at the age of 57 as reported in the March 10 edition of U.S.A. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Weston Wamp Calls For Open, Deliberative Process On Proposed Southside Stadium

Republican county mayor nominee Weston Wamp said Tuesday that there should be a deliberative, transparent process with public participation regarding a proposed $79.5 million community stadium. He spoke at a fundraiser at the Gilman Building attended by Governor Bill Lee. County Mayor Jim Coppinger earlier said he hopes to have the stadium plan in place before he leaves office. ... (click for more)

Gas Prices Drop 9.1 Cents In Chattanooga

Average gasoline prices in Chattanooga have fallen 9.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.24 per gallon on Tuesday, according to GasBuddy's survey of 170 stations in Chattanooga. Prices in Chattanooga are 15.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand $1.40 higher than a year ago. The price of diesel has fallen 6.3 cents nationally in the past week and stands ... (click for more)

Opinion

Dangerous Dam At Ketner's Mill Has Claimed Too Many Young Lives

Something must be done about the dangerous low head dam at Ketner’s Mill on the Sequatchie River in Whitwell, Tn. (Marion County). This dam is a dangerous public safety hazard that has claimed the lives of many young people through the years. It seems to me to be grossly negligent for the owner of this dam (which no longer serves any purpose) to continue to allow unknowing ... (click for more)

Uncovering Chattanooga’s Hidden Gem

Missionary Ridge is Chattanooga's "diamond in the rough" that can spearhead a new era in our city's growth. Way back on Nov. 25, 1863, soldiers under the leadership of General Ulysses S. Grant stormed Missionary Ridge and broke the back of the Confederacy. The Battle of Missionary Ridge demonstrated the superior forces of the industrialized North and gave their soldiers a chance ... (click for more)