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Amir ElSaffar performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Listen Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers On JazzSet WBGO

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


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.


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


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.


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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