Yusuf is a trombone and bass trombone player based in London working with a wide array of musical ensembles. Initially training as a classical musician at The Royal College of Music, he then later completed his undergraduate degree at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. With orchestral music laying the foundations for his practice, his journey on the trombone has now found direction in contemporary music, jazz, folk, klezmer and improvised music. He is also accustomed to performance based music making, working with movement, acting and dance in cross-arts projects and theatrical productions. Collaborative writing and group improvisation is an integral part of Yusuf’s musical philosophy, and as a result, he has nurtured a desire to listen, play and learn from a variety of musical traditions. He is regularly heard on BBC Radio 1xtra, BBC radio 3, Jazz FM, Resonance FM and notably was featured as a soloist on Radio 3’s New Generation Artists program, premiering a piece by Misha Mullov-Abaddo .
Presently, Yusuf performs with a multitude of different original projects, as well as working as a session musician in a pop and commercial setting. He has performed at most UK large music venues and festivals with artists such as Akala, Laura Mvula, Lianne Carol, DJ Yoda, The House Gospel Choir, David Rodigan, Roots Manuva, Pharaoh Monch, The Outlook Orchestra, Swindle and more.
Big band bass trombone playing is a large part of Yusuf’s career, being a founding member of the award winning Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, and regular player with the London Jazz Orchestra, London City Big Band and other large jazz ensembles.
Yusuf is also Bass Trombone player with Charles Hazlewood’s Bristol based Orchestra - Army of Generals. Currently, Yusuf is finishing a 2 year artistic residency at the world famous Snape Maltings with the multi-award winning band Perhaps Contraption. They will be premiering their new show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout August 2019.