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Idrees Dawud Ibn Sulieman

Birth:1923

Death:2002

Jazz trumpeter. Idrees, a gifted soloist was also notable as one of the first trumpeters to master circular breathing, a method of playing the instrument that theoretically means that a note can be held indefinitely. He evolved an eloquent and fast-flowing style of his own. At the end of 1950s Idrees toured Europe and settled down first in Stockholm in 1961 and then moved to Copenhagen in 1964. He was a member of the trumpet section of the big band led by Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland, from 1963 to 1973, the leading large jazz ensemble of the time. Idrees Sulieman was born Leonard Graham at St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. He converted to Islam in 1940s. He finally moved back to the USA in 1982 to his hometown where he died.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan

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