I started to study the flute in 1951. The flute has been utilized by African-American musicians as far back as the early Twenties. If you take a look at some of the old pictures of Chick Webb, then you will see the flute right there on the bandstand among the woodwinds.

— Yusef Lateef

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I started in high school with a teacher there.

I also took lessons at the Conservatory of Music in Detroit. Detroit was very motivating. There were a lot of local people who inspired me like Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Roy Brooks, Donald Byrd, etc.

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Whatever I do today is the whole continuum of my experience.

Like John Dewey said in his book ‘Art as Experience,’ you can’t separate experience from the work of art. So, if I write for the symphony today, you’re listening to everything that’s happened to me since I was 18 years old.

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Loveless moments are to be avoided.

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My music is jazz.

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Each culture has some knowledge. That's why I studied with Saj Dev, an Indian flute player. That's why I studied Stockhausen's music. The pygmies' music of the rain forest is very rich music. So the knowledge is out there. And I also believe one should seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. With that kind of inquisitiveness, one discovers things that were unknown before.

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External instruments are only extensions of the biological instrument.

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When the soul looks out of its body, it should see only beauty in its path.

These are the sights we must hold in mind, in order to move to a higher place.

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The fact is ones own voice is not heard anywhere else.

Its a challenge to be yourself. It takes a lot of courage.

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