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Conventional wisdom suggests that we learn who a jazz musician is when we hear them play. In Andrew White’s case, however, we learn an awful lot as soon as he enters a room. The saxophonist wears funky, colorful clothes in weird combinations, speaks raucously, and likes to make gleeful, garish faces when he converses with fans or poses for a selfie. To be fair, his demeanor becomes serious business when he’s got his alto or tenor sax in his mouth. But in that case, it’s his sound that becomes outsized and irrepressible. White blows hard and somewhat coarse, freely moving in and out of tonality as he pleases, but with a merry swagger and forward momentum that only stops swinging when it can find room to funk. It’s the sheets of sound approach invented by White’s idol, John Coltrane. Yet, it’s even more explosive, augmented to be like everything else about White: larger than life. Read more>>> The Andrew White Quartet perform at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25. (202) 337-4141. bluesalley.com. (Michael J. West)

OH AND ALSO

Local author and former Senate staffer Ira Shapiro discusses his latest book, Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?, a chronicle of the institution’s decline, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.

Experimental rock act mewithoutYou performs at DC9. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $18–$20.

The Sackler Gallery presents To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia, an exhibit highlighting stunning ikats, distinct dyed and multi-patterned Central Asian fabrics.10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free.

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