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Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Jazz Festival: Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers
Airs Monday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Amir ElSaffar grew up around Chicago as something of a trumpet prodigy, in both jazz and classical. He was winning competitions and beginning to make a go of it in New York. Then he started investigating his Iraqi heritage in music, and studying the hammered dulcimer and the modes of various Middle Eastern musics. This band splits the difference, using microtonal techniques to investigate the blues. They'll have new tunes too, commissioned for Newport and supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Amir ElSaffar, trumpet and santur
Ole Mathisen, tenor sax
Zafer Tawil, oud/violin/dumbek
Tareq Abboushi, buzuq/percussion
Carlo DeRosa, bass
Nasheet Waits, drums
"The Great Dictator" (ElSaffar)
"Flyover Iraq" (ElSaffar)