The Jazz Session #327: Amir ElSaffar

Trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s new CD is Inana (Pi Recordings, 2011). In this interview, ElSaffar explains maqam music and his decision to spend five years studying it in depth; how he plays microtonal music on a standard Bb trumpet; and his particular combination of traditional Arabic music with jazz. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @amirelsaffar.

Author: Jason Crane

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