Guide to the Yusuf Salim Collection, circa 1982-1987 and undated
Yusuf Salim (1929-2008) was a jazz musician and composer who began his career in Baltimore in the 1940s. He moved to Durham, North Carolina in the 1970s where he taught jazz workshops through the Salaam Cultural Center and hosted a series on WUNC-TV.
The collection contains manuscripts of 36 lead sheets for Salim's jazz compositions, a piece of prose by Salim, and a photocopy of an article about him from the Raleigh News and Observer.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Salim, Yusuf, 1929-2008.
- Yusuf Salim Collection, circa 1982-1987 and undated
- Language of Material
- 0.6 Linear Feet Linear Feet, 41 Items
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The Yusuf Salim Collection (chiefly undated, but some dated between 1982 and 1987) has as its focal point manuscripts of 36 lead sheets for Salim's jazz compositions. One additional folder contains a piece of writing by Salim and a photocopy of an article on him from the Raleigh News and Observer from 1987. Acquired as part of the Jazz Archive at Duke University.
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Yusuf Salim (aka Joseph Blair) (1929-2008) was born in Baltimore, Maryland and began his musical career there at age 14 as a pianist with the Ken Murray Sextet. Salim was hired at age 17 as the house pianist with the Royal Theatre, 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 Theatre, he performed with entertainers such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Moms Mabley, and Redd Foxx. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he travelled to New York City with The Bill Swindell Band and performed at the Braddock Bar in Harlem. He also witnessed and participated in jam sessions at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem and Birdland in Manhattan. In 1974, Salim moved to Durham, North Carolina. He opened a club called The Salaam Cultural Center which offered music workshops to train and further the careers of North Carolina jazz musicians, including vocalists Eve Cornelius and Nnenna Freelon. He also hosted a thirteen-part WUNC-TV (PBS) series called "Yusuf and Friends." Salim received the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Fellowship in 1999. He has written over 53 compositions which have been recorded by Gary Bartz, Mongo Santamaria, Cannonball Adderley, and others.
[Identification of item], Yusuf Salim Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
The Yusuf Salim Collection was created from materials in the Paul Jeffrey Papers.
Processed by Zeke Graves, March 2010
Encoded by Zeke Graves, March 2010
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