Originally from Tunis, Tunisia, Youssef currently attends the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. Picking up the guitar at the age of 11, it was not until he turned 17 that his interest in jazz/funk/soul started to thrive.
Playing and learning jazz with Tunisian master Fawzi Chekili and Mehdi Azaiez, Youssef was quickly accepted to the “Jazz Club de Tunis” where he had the opportunity to meet and play with the some of the finest musicians in Tunisia. After being accepted to the California Jazz Conservatory in 2017, Yousef moved to Berkeley, CA to pursue his musical studies. In addition to C. Marcus Scott and The Funky Spliff, Youssef also leads “Soundwaves From Tunisia”, his project which fuses Jazz and Tunisian/Arabic traditional music. His main influence is Thelonious Monk which will be showcased in his sets tonight.