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D.C.-based bassist Tarus Mateen has gained critical acclaim for his involvement with jazz groups led by Betty Carter, Art Blakey, and Jason Moran. But Mateen does more than pluck out improvisational solos as a sideman. With his own group, WestAfroEast, Mateen will add low notes to some reggae, funk, African, and Latin-inspired grooves. Mateen grew up working his fingers on dance-party rhythms, later adding Caribbean influences after taking family vacations to Jamaica and playing there on tour with his older brothers, drummer Umar and saxophonist Radji. The younger Mateen worked with the hip-hop groups Outkast and Goodie Mob while attending Morehouse College in Atlanta. After moving to New York, he injected hypnotic bass lines into jazzy house music releases and some Malian-influenced live sessions. While some of Mateen’s music has a smooth-jazz sheen, this eclectic professional and his band should get the notoriously sedate Kennedy Center audience moving to global compositions. Tarus Mateen and WestAfroEast perform at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.