|Birth name||Idrees Sulieman|
|Born||August 7, 1923|
|Origin||St. Petersburg, Florida, USA|
|Died||July 23, 2002(aged 78)|
|Associated acts||Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Howard McGhee, Lionel Hampton, Thelonious Monk|
Idrees Sulieman (August 7, 1923 – July 23, 2002, both in St. Petersburg, Florida) 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 (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, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelonious_Monk_Blue_Note_Sessions”) 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 (1957) and gigged with Randy Weston (1958–1959), 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 (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.
- Three Trumpets (Prestige, 1957) with Donald Byrd and Art Farmer
- Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors (Prestige, 1957) with John Coltrane, Bobby Jaspar and Webster Young
- Roots (New Jazz, 1957) with the Prestige All Stars
- Americans in Europe (Impulse!, 1963) with Various Artists
- The Camel (Columbia, 1964) with Jamila Sulieman
- Now Is the Time (SteepleChase, 1976) with Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Billy Higgins
- Bird's Grass (SteepleChase, 1976 ) with Horace Parlan, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Kenny Clarke
- Groovin' (SteepleChase, 1985) with Horace Parlan
- Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (Blue Note, 1947–48)
- Lester Young: Masters of Jazz (Storyville, 1951–56)
- Clifford Brown: Memorial (Blue Note, 1953)
- Max Roach: The Max Roach Quartet featuring Hank Mobley (Debut, 1953)
- Mal Waldron: Mal-1 (Prestige, 1956)
- Gene Ammons: Jammin' in Hi Fi with Gene Ammons (Prestige, 1957)
- Teddy Charles: Coolin' (New Jazz, 1957)
- Mal Waldron: Mal-2 (Prestige, 1957)
- Tommy Flanagan: The Cats (New Jazz, 1957)
- Coleman Hawkins: The Hawk Flies High (Riverside, 1957)
- Bobby Jaspar: Bobby Jaspar (Riverside, 1957)
- Art Blakey: Art Blakey Big Band (Bethlehem, 1957)
- Gene Ammons: Blue Gene (Prestige, 1958)
- Randy Weston: Little Niles (United Artists, 1958)
- Eric Dolphy: Stockholm Sessions (Enja, 1961)
- Horace Parlan: Arrival (SteepleChase, 1973)
- Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know (SteepleChase, 1975)
- Thad Jones: Live at the Montmarte: A Good Time Was Had by All (Storyville, 1978)
- Miles Davis: Aura (Columbia Records, 1985)
- Randy Weston: Spirits of Our Ancestors (Verve, 1991)
- Joe Henderson: Big Band (Verve, 1992–96)