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Joseph "Yusuf Salim" Blair
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Birth: 1929
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Death: Jul. 31, 2008
Durham
Durham County
North Carolina, USA

Yusuf Salim was born Joseph Blair in Baltimore City where he showed his musical talent at an early age, being hired as pianist with the Ken Murray Sextet at age 14.

His mother, "Miss Eleanor" or "Mama Blair," opened their home to travelling musicians, often hosting jam sessions until the wee hours of the morning - a great classroom for young Joseph.

From age 17-24 he was a member of Tracy McCleary's house band, the Royal Men of Rhythm, at the famous Royal Theater on Pennsylvania Avenue, accompanying acts such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Moms Mabley and Redd Foxx.

He later moved to New York, meeting many jazz greats along the way. After touring with Red Prysock for seven years, he joined the Marine Band and then returned to Baltimore, playing in local jazz clubs.

In 1974 he moved to Durham where he hosted "Yusuf and Friends" on WUNC, Public-TV. Yusuf received the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Fellowship in 1999. Some of his 53 compositions have been recorded by Gary Bartz, Mongo Santamaria and Cannonball Adderley.
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Biographical notes courtesy Larry Thomas for North Carolina Central University
 
 
Note: no stone
 
Burial:
Glennview Memorial Park
Durham
Durham County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: 67-A #1 Devotion
 
Created by: Fay Carmichael
Record added: Jun 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92011140
Joseph Yusuf Salim Blair
Added by: Fay Carmichael
 
Joseph Yusuf Salim Blair
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Marine Band
- Fay Carmichael
 Added: Jun. 16, 2012
Miss your wonderful piano....
- Fay Carmichael
 Added: Jun. 16, 2012
 
 
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