Tuesday, October 21, 2008



Saturday, October 11, 2008

North Carolina Native Jazz Personalities

1. Frankie Alexander--vocalist--b. Shelby, N. C.
2. Alvin Atkinson--drummer--b. Dudley, N. C., 1/20/1972.
3. Stanley Baird--saxophonist--b. Asheville, N. C.
4. Ron Baxter--saxophonist--b. Raleigh, N. C.
5. Clyde Bernhardt--vocalist--b. Gold Hill, N. C., 7/11/1905--d. 5/20/1966.
6. Johnny Best--trumpeter--b. Shelby, N.C., 10/20/1913.
7. Skeeter Best--guitarist--b. Kinston, N.C., 11/20/1914--5/27/1985.
8. Joe Bonner--pianist--b. Rocky Mount, NC, 4/20/1948.
9. Beverly Botsford--percussionist--b. Charlotte, NC
10 Hugh Brodie--saxophonist--b. Henderson, NC--2/7/1933.
11. David "Bubba" Brooks-- saxophonist--b. Fayetteville, N.C., 5/29/1922-
12. Tina Brooks--saxophonist--b. Fayeteville, N.C., 6/7/1932--8/13/1974.
13. John V. Brown--bassist--b. Fayetteville, N.C., 8/14/1970.
14. Ike Carpenter--pianist--b. Durham, NC, b. 3/11/1920--11/17/1998.
15. Ray Codrington--trumpeter--b. Dunn, NC.
16. John Coltrane--saxophonist--b. Hamlet, NC, 9/23/1926--7/17/1967.
17. Chris Columbus--drummer--b. Greenville, NC, 6/17/1902.
18. Albert "Chip" Crawford--pianist--b. Raleigh, NC.
19. Lois Deloatch--vocalist--b. Margarettsville, NC.
20. Lou Donaldson--saxophonist--b. Badin, NC, 11/1/1926.
21. Tal Farlow--guitarist--b. Greensboro, NC, 6/7/1921--7/25/1998.
22. Roberta Flack, vocalist--b. Black Mountain, NC.
23. Linton Garner--pianist--b. Greensboro, NC, 3/25/1915.
24. Kathy Gelb--vocalist--b. Raleigh, NC.
25. Rufus Harley--bagpiper--b. Raleigh, NC, 5/20/1936--2003.
26. Percy Heath--bassist--b. Wilmington, NC, 4/30/1923--2005.
27. Steve Hobbs--vibraphonist/ marimba player--b. Raleigh, NC, 4/7/1956.
28. Laurence Hobgood--pianist--b. Raleigh, NC, 12/23/1923.
29. Ernie Hood--guitarist--b. Charlotte, NC, 6/2/1923.
30. Brian Horton--saxophonist--b. Kinston, NC.
31. Billy Kaye--drummer--b. Wilson, NC, 1932.
32. Matt Kendricks--bassist--b. Greenville, NC, 4/1/1957.
33. Frank Kimbrough--pianist--b. Roxboro, NC, 11/2/1956
34. Aidia Ledbetter--vocalist--b. Durham, NC.
35. Freeman Ledbetter--bassist--b. Dunn, NC.
36. Charles "Chuck" Leonard--drummer--b. Raleigh, NC.
37. Sabby Lewis--pianist--b. Middleburg, NC, 11/1/1914--7/9/1994
38. Wilbur Little--bassist--b. Parmele, NC, 3/5/1928--5/4/1987.
39. John Malachi--pianist--b. Red Springs, NC, 9/16/1919--2/11/1987
40. Andrew McGhee--saxophonist--b. Wilmington, NC.
41. Loonis McGlohon--pianist--b. Ayden, NC, 9/29/1921--1/26/2002.
42. Josie Miles--vocalist--b. Sommerville, NC. 1900?
43. Thelonious Monk--pianist--b. Rocky Mount, NC, 10/10/1917--2/17/1982.
44. Freddie Moore--vocalist--b. Washington, NC, 8/20/1900--11/3/1992.
45. Numa Pee Wee Moore--saxophonist--b. Raleigh, NC, 3/5/1928.
46. Helen Morgan--wife-- Lee Morgan--b. Shallotte, NC--d. 3/1996.
47. Chris Murrell--vocalist--b. Winston-Salem, NC.
48. Alvin Neese--trumpeter--b. Greensboro, NC.
49. Maceo Parker--saxophonist--b. Kinston, NC, 2/14/1943.
50. Larry Price--saxophonist--b. Wilmington, NC.
51. Red Prysock--saxophonist--b. Pomona, NC, 2/25/1925--7/19/1993.
52. Waymon Reed--trumpeter--b. Fayetteville, NC, 1/10/1940--11/25/1983.
53. Max Roach--drummer--b. New Land, NC, 1/10/1924--8/16/2007.
54. Gregory Royal--trombonist--b. Greensboro, NC, 10/10/1961.
55. Malachi Sharpe--vibraphonist--b. Cumberland County, NC.
56. Woody Shaw--trumpeter--b. Laurinburg, NC, 12/24/1944--5/10/1989.
57. Nina Simone--vocalist--b. Tryon, NC, 2/21/1933--4/21/2003.
58. Tab Smith--saxophonist--b. Kinston, NC, 1/11/1909--8/17/1971.
59. Tom Smith--trombonist--b. Greenville, NC, 5/10/1957.
60. Sonny Stokes--trumpeter--b. Greensboro, NC, 11/11/1926.
61. Bob Tapp--guitarist--b. Roxboro, NC.
62. Grady Tate--drummer--b. Durham, NC, 1/14/1932.
63. Billy Taylor--pianist--b. Greenville, NC, 7/24/1921.
64. Thomas Taylor, Jr.--drummer--b. Elizabeth City, NC.
65. Mickey Tucker--pianist--b. Durham, NC, 4/28/1941.
66. Cynthia Tyson--vocalist--b. Wilmington, NC--d. Kenya.
67. Rudy Tyson--pianist--b. Greenville, NC--d. Wilmington, Delaware.
68. Harold Vick--saxophonist--b. Rocky Mount, NC--4/3/1946--11/13/1987.
69. Ira Wiggins--saxophonist--b. Kinston, NC.
70. Eddie Wilcox--pianist--b. Method, NC, 12/27/1907--9/29/1968.
71. Whit Williams--saxophonist--b. Macon, NC.
72. Dennis Wilson--trombonist--b. Greensboro, NC, 7/22/1952.
73. Lena Wilson--vocalist--b. Charlotte, NC. 1898.
74. Bill Wood--bassist--b. Wilkesboro, NC, 11/7/1937
75. Lewis Worrell--bassist--b. Charlotte, NC, 11/7/1934.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Brother Yusuf Salim R.I.P

Baltimore native and Durham, North Carolina resident Brother Yusuf Salim (aka Joseph Blair), a master musician, pianist, composer and arranger, passed away at approximately 6:00 am, at the Veteran Administration Hospital, Durham, North Carolina, after a long battle with cancer. Salim moved to Durham in 1974 and quickly helped to make the Triangle North Carolina area (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) a thriving, vibrant jazz community. Later, he hosted a WUNC-TV (PBS) thirteen part series called "Yusuf and Friends." He also operated a club called The Salaam Cultural Center, which offered workshops, which helped to train and further the careers of vocalists Eve Cornelious and Nnenna Freelon, two internationally- known jazz musicians. Yusuf received the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Fellowship in 1999. He has written over 53 compositions. Some of them have been recorded by Gary Bartz, Mongo Santamaria and Cannonball Adderley. His latest album is titled "Yusuf Sings." A memorial service is planned for Sunday, August 3, in Durham, North Carolina.


Yusuf Salim (aka Joseph Blair) (1929-2008) was born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland. He began his musical career at age 14 as a pianist with the Ken Murray Sextet in Baltimore. Yusuf grew up in west Baltimore near the popular Pennsylvania Avenue in a home near the local musician union hall. His mother, "Miss Eleanor" or "Mama Blair" whom he called "Mother Teresa in Technicolor," was a kind, fun-loving, music lover who offered her home, good food and piano to union musicians and well-known traveling musicians, who played in his mother's living room in jam sessions which sometimes would last until dawn. Early on, Yusuf became fascinated by the music and learned his craft from many unsung master musicians.Salim was hired at age 17 as the house pianist with the nearby world-famous Royal Theater, where he stayed for seven years with a band headed by Tracy McClair, who had played with the Bama Collegians and Erskine Hawkins. While he worked at the Royal Theater, he performed with such greats as Sammy Davis, Jr., Moms Mabley and Redd Foxx. Later, in the late 1940s and the early 1950s, he went to New York City with The Bill Swindell Band and played at the Braddock Bar in Harlem. He participated and witnessed many a jam sessions at the world-famous Minton's Playhouse in Harlem and Birdland in Manhattan. He met Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt and many others who would become jazz giants. He left New York City to tour with The Red Prysock Band for 7 years, where he played at The Apollo Theater, Savoy Ballroom, Chicago's Regal Theater, and recalled hearing about Charlie Parker's death on an intercom at Pennsylvania Train Station in New York on his way back to Baltimore after doing 90 one-nighters in 1955. Salim said he "grew on the road and the road grew on me." After the Prysock stint, he spent time in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he played in the Marine Band. Yusuf also participated in many jazz performances while in the service and made life-long musician friends.After his military service, he moved back to Baltimore and played at the clubs around the city. But jazz had fallen on hard times in Baltimore, so there weren't many places to play. In 1974. Salim moved to Durham, North Carolina. Later, he hosted a WUNC-TV (PBS) thirteen part series called "Yusuf and Friends." He also opened a club called The Salaam Cultural Center, which offered workshops, which helped to train and further the careers of North Carolina vocalists Eve Cornelious and Nnenna Freelon, two internationally-known jazz musicians. Yusuf received the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Fellowship in 1999. He has written over 53 compositions. Some of them have been recorded by Gary Bartz, Mongo Santamaria and Cannonball Adderley. His latest album is titled: Yusuf Sings