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Amir ElSaffar performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

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November 14, 2013 – The trumpeter mixes instruments from both sides of the world at the Newport Jazz Festival. WBGO

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Amir ElSaffar's new album is called Alchemy.

Watch Amir ElSaffar Navigates Uncharted Blue Notes On 'Alchemy'

November 4, 2013 – Alchemy is a step forward in defining and refining the trumpeter's mix of jazz and Iraqi rhythms.

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Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

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August 4, 2013 – The Iraqi-American trumpeter and santur player leads his band in a Newport-commissioned work. WBGO

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Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Read 5 To Watch: Newport Jazz Festival Debuts

July 31, 2013 – The granddaddy of jazz festivals has branched out in recent years in search of new names.

Ole Mathisen and Amir ElSaffar.

Watch Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers: Golden Sound In A Gleaming Space

July 3, 2013 – The trumpeter and santur player pairs the sibling spirits of jazz and Arab classical music.

Listen Iraqi Jazz Gets 'The Blues'

January 7, 2008 – Amir ElSaffar's "Blues in E Half-Flat" grooves hard in the 12-bar blues form, and sounds fantastic.

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Listen Musician Strays from Jazz for Iraqi Musical Tradition

July 7, 2006 – Amir ElSaffar put his jazz career on hold to learn the Iraqi singing style known as maqam.

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