NEA Jazz Masters: Interview with Yusef Lateef

A virtuoso on the traditional jazz instruments of saxophone and flute, Yusef Lateef also brings a broad spectrum of sounds to his music through his mastery of such Middle Eastern and Asian reed instruments as the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, argol, sarewa, and taiwan koto. A major force on the international musical scene for more than six decades, he was one of the first to bring a world music approach to traditional jazz. Jazz writer A.B. Spellman spoke with Mr. Lateef about his early influences and finding a musical voice.