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Whether it’s because he has to have things his way or because his drumming is too strong to take a back seat to anyone else’s contributions, William Hooker has never appeared on record as a sideman. Had he done so, it would likely be hard to say that the bulk of his recordings have stretched the limits of free jazz—as they have. In many circles, Hooker’s best known for his work with Sonic Youth guitarists Lee Renaldo and Thurston Moore. Drawing a connection between the outer fringes of both jazz and rock, Hooker has helped pave the way for a new generation of free-jazz fans who are more likely to have come to the music by way of Black Flag than John Coltrane. He plays tonight with tenor saxophonist Ras Moshe and pianist Mark Hennen at 8 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Room 2201, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. $10 (suggested donation). (301) 408-1384. (Jacob Long)