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Anyone who is familiar with clarinetist and composer Don Byron knows what to expect from his AT&T/Wolf Trap-commissioned piece, Three Pieces for Sextet: Movements Fast, Slow, Fast Again. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any surprises in tonight’s performance. Byron will lead a sextet comprising some of today’s most kickass jazz musicians (trumpeter Ralph Alessi, trombonist Josh Roseman, pianist James Hurt, bassist Mark Helias, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff) modeled after Duke Ellington’s rip-roaring early jungle bands. And you can bet your bottom buck that they ain’t gonna sound anywhere near as stodgy and self-important as, say, Wynton Marsalis conducting the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Hardly anyone of this generation juxtaposes jazz’s paradoxical high- and lowbrow aesthetics with as much sublime sophistication and gut-splitting folly as Byron. So don’t be too alarmed when Byron’s Ellingtonian urges start sounding like Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” when he performs Three Pieces at 1 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $20. (703) 218-6500. (John Murph)