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Saxophonist Greg Osby was so concerned with rhythm early in his career that the harmonic aspects of his compositions were often left wanting. But not anymore. Last year’s The Invisible Hand featured the most harmonically inviting music Osby has written. And although the rhythms are still shifty, they’re no longer disruptively jagged. Perhaps influenced by the commanding presence of guitarist Jim Hall and pianist Andrew Hill, Osby has also toned down his bravura playing in favor of thoughtful solos. In December, he cut a new album with his regular foursome augmented by a string quartetwhich indicates a continued focus on complex arrangements and harmonies rather than rhythms. See if Billy Taylor asks about the saxophonist’s recent stylistic shift when Osby sits in for an interview and performance with the Billy Taylor Trio at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $15. (202) 467-6700. (Christopher Porter)