Yo Lateef is inspired by the music and legacy of Yusef Lateef, the great multi-reedist and improvised music innovator.  Lateef was one of the first in the jazz community to bring world sounds and instruments into the genre. Darriau has had a 30 year career making parallel music in jazz, Balkan, klezmer and world musics (Ballin’ The Jack, Paradox Trio, The Klezmatics). This group is a nod to Lateef’s musical innovations and esthetic - with original compositions and classic Lateef material.

Matt Darriau - reeds, kaval, wood flutes
Peck Allmond - trp, euphonium, wood flutes
Arthur Kell - bass
Steve Johns - drums
Brian Marsella - keys

"For the doctor- theperception of "in" and "out" begins withan inclusion in space and at the sameinstancetheperception is that of being away from or not being in the normal or usual space" -Yusef Lateef