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Malik Yaqub, tenor saxophonist, born Mack Spears in Kansas City. Yaqub was at one point considered one of the best saxophonists in the world, that at 19 he was chosen as the successor to Charlie Parker, and shared the stage with Bud Powell, Duke Jordan, Elmo Hope, Miles Davis, Nathan Davis, Charles Kynard, Jackie McLean, Art Blakey and more. He was also in Egypt at some point and played with Salah Ragab and maybe Sun Ra. Yaqub's story includes two… read more

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