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Ibrahim Maalouf brings a bold, brassy sound to his first Montreux Jazz Festival appearance / Reuters

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French-Lebanese trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf brought his bold, brassy sound to his first appearance at the 51st Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on Thursday July 13, 2017. Moving from trumpet to piano solos as he blended jazz with melodies influenced by the Orient. Maalouf followed veteran George Benson who performed for the 25th time on the famed Swiss stage. Maalouf, born in Beirut to musician parents, moved effortlessly between instruments. He grew up in Paris after the family fled Lebanon during that country's civil war. "I played my first concert here 11 years ago at the Montreux Jazz Cafe. When it was over, I was tired so I went to bed at 2 a.m.," the 36-year-old Maalouf told the crowd.   PHOTO: Pierre Albouy

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