In this evening of adventurous jazz, Paris-based Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf brings together some of New York City's finest jazz players to perform impassioned instrumental arrangements based on the songs of Oum Kalthoum. The most famous diva of the Arab world (and widely referred to as the Star of the East), Kalthoum was renowned for her extraordinary vocal ability on such songs as Alf Leila wa Leila (One thousand and one nights). Maalouf's exultant and reverent jazz suite features arrangements of this epic song cycle, perhaps Kalthoum's best-loved performance, which he devised with German pianist Frank Woeste. They perform here alongside a very impressive lineup that also features Rick Margitza on tenor sax, Scott Colley on bass, and drummer Clarence Penn. Maalouf's performance of this material was a major highlight of this past year's Winter Jazzfest in NYC.