Amir ElSaffar performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Amir ElSaffar's new album is called Alchemy. Nicole LeCorgne/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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