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SUNDAY

Proponents of free jazz often align their music’s agitating pulse with the nervous crashes of energy that constitute the universe. Avant-garde trombonist Roswell Rudd once said, “You blow in this end of the trombone, and sound comes out the other end and disrupts the cosmos.” Three first-generation American free-jazz pioneers—Rudd, pianist Burton Greene, and clarinetist Perry Robinson—get together tonight to see what kind of chaos they can cause. Greene formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble with bassist Alan Silva in 1963, joined the Jazz Composers Guild in 1964, and formed a quartet in 1965 before moving to Europe in 1969. Robinson has been using his clarinet to disrupt the cosmos since 1959, when he devoted himself to making the horn as integral to modern jazz as it was to the music of New Orleans. See the trio damage the macrocosm at 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Phillips Hall, in Room B-120, 801 22nd St. NW. $10. (703) 243-3787. (Christopher Porter)