Idrees Sulieman

Idrees Sulieman

born on 7/8/1923 in St. Petersburg, FL, United States

died on 15/7/2002 in St. Petersburg, FL, United States

Idrees Sulieman

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Idrees Sulieman (August 7, 1923 – July 23, 2002, both in St. Petersburg, Florida) was a bop and hard bop trumpeter.[1]


He was born Leonard Graham on 7 August 1923, later changing his name to Idrees Sulieman after converting to Islam.[2] He studied at the Boston Conservatory, and gained early experience playing with the Carolina Cotton Pickers and the wartime Earl Hines Orchestra (1943–1944).

On October 15, 1947, on what was Suliman’s second recording date (source: liner notes by Michael Cuscuna to The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious Monk) he played on Thelonious Monk’s first recording for Blue Note Records. Sulieman was closely associated with Mary Lou Williams and for a time and had stints with Cab Calloway, John Coltrane, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. Sulieman recorded with Coleman Hawkins (1957) and gigged with Randy Weston (1958–1959), in addition to appearing in many other situations.

He toured Europe in 1961 with Oscar Dennard, and stayed, settling in Stockholm at first, and then moved to Copenhagen in 1964. A soloist with the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band from the mid-'60s through 1973, Sulieman frequently worked with radio orchestras. His recordings as a leader were for Swedish Columbia (1964) and SteepleChase (1976 and 1985). In 1985, he was among the performers on Miles Davis' album Aura, which was not released until 1989. Sulieman's career slowed down considerably in the 1990s.


He died of bladder cancer on July 23, 2002 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.


As leader

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

  • Jammin' in Hi Fi with Gene Ammons (Prestige, 1957)
  • Blue Gene (Prestige, 1958)

With Art Blakey

  • Art Blakey Big Band (Bethlehem, 1957)

With Clifford Brown

  • Memorial (Prestige, 1953)

With Teddy Charles

  • Coolin' (New Jazz, 1957)

With the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

  • Handle with Care (Atlantic, 1963)
  • Now Hear Our Meanin' (Columbia, 1963 [1965])
  • Sax No End (SABA, 1967)
  • Out of the Folk Bag (Columbia, 1967)
  • 17 Men and Their Music (Campi, 1967)
  • All Smiles (MPS, 1968)
  • Faces (MPS, 1968)
  • Latin Kaleidoscope (MPS, 1968)
  • Fellini 712 (MPS, 1969)
  • All Blues (MPS, 1969)
  • More Smiles (MPS, 1969)
  • Clarke Boland Big Band en Concert avec Europe 1 (Tréma, 1969 [1992])

With Don Byas / Bud Powell

  • A Tribute To Cannonball (Columbia 1962)

With Miles Davis

  • Aura (Columbia, 1985)

With Eric Dolphy

  • Stockholm Sessions (Enja, 1961)

With Tommy Flanagan

  • The Cats (New Jazz, 1957)

With Dexter Gordon

  • More Than You Know (SteepleChase, 1975)

With Coleman Hawkins

  • The Hawk Flies High (Riverside, 1957)

With Joe Henderson

  • Big Band (Verve, 1992–96)

With Bobby Jaspar

  • Bobby Jaspar (Riverside, 1957)

With Thad Jones

  • Live at the Montmartre: A Good Time Was Had by All (Storyville, 1978)

With Carmen McRae

  • November Girl (Black Lion, 1970)

With Thelonious Monk

  • Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (Blue Note, 1947)

With Horace Parlan

  • Arrival (SteepleChase, 1973)

With Max Roach

  • The Max Roach Quartet featuring Hank Mobley (Debut, 1953)

With Sahib Shihab

  • Companionship (Vogue Schallplatten, 1964-70 [1971])

With Mal Waldron

  • Mal-1 (Prestige, 1956)
  • Mal-2 (Prestige, 1957)

With Randy Weston

  • Little Niles (United Artists, 1958)
  • Spirits of Our Ancestors (Verve, 1991)

With Ernie Wilkins

  • Top Brass (Savoy, 1955)

With Lester Young

  • Masters of Jazz (Storyville, 1951–56)


  1. ^ "Idrees Sulieman". Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Obscure Trumpet Masters #9 – Idrees Sulieman". Retrieved 4 April 2016. 

External links

  • Idrees Sulieman at AllMusic
  • Curt's Jazz Café: Obscure Trumpet Masters #9 -- Idrees Sulieman [1]
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