Idrees Sulieman Photo

Idrees Sulieman

Born: Aug 7, 1923

Death: Jul 23, 2002

Birthplace: St. Petersburg

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Idrees Sulieman

Date of Birth : Aug 7, 1923
Date of Death : Jul 23, 2002
Birth Place : St. Petersburg

Idrees Sulieman was a bop and hard bop trumpeter. He studied at Boston Conservatory, and gained early experience playing with the Carolina Cotton Pickers and the wartime Earl Hines Orchestra. On October 15, 1947, on what was Suliman’s second recording date he played on Thelonious Monk’s first recording for Blue Note Records. Sulieman was also 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 and gigged with Randy Weston, in addition to popping up 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 and SteepleChase. 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.


  • Musician
  • Trumpeter

Also known as

  • Sulieman, Idrees
  • Leonard Graham
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