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THURSDAY

When Miles Davis first saw Dave Holland at London’s Ronnie Scott’s in 1968, he must have known he’d just taken in something special: The legend lured the British Holland into his band, where the bassist would perform on Davis’ landmark In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew albums. Holland’s been in the United States ever since. He’s played with luminaries such as Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Betty Carter, and Kenny Barron. And for the past four years, the Dave Holland Quintet has been one of the hippest groups on the jazz scene. Adventurous and earthy, it always puts the boogie into the cerebral, no matter how avant-gardish the proceedings may be. The band will elevate the funky to high art when it plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $27. (202) 467-4600. (John Murph)