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To some, the strident sound of tenor saxophonist Charles Gayle’s instrument is that of a thousand souls crying in pain, asking for forgiveness. To others, it’s the sound of a thousand cars honking at once. Either way, Gayle’s music is intensely affecting. Gayle went to New York City in the late ’60s to break into the jazz scene, but he was able to get gigs in one place only: the streets. For more than 20 years, the deeply religious Gayle lived and played there, performing every day except Sunday. Eventually, the famed Knitting Factory gave Gayle both a stage on which to perform and a label on which to record his free-flowing music. Considered the Holy Ghost in the spiritual jazz trinity that also includes John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, Gayle performs with bassist Vattel Cherry and drummer Paul Murphy at 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Phillips Hall, in Room B-120, 801 22nd St. NW. $10. (301) 884-5125. (Christopher Porter)