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Thirty-year-old multi-reedist James Carter boldly named his Hammond-fueled fifth album In Carterian Fashion, implying he has defined a sound worthy of a new adjective. He’s right. Capable of being brash and brassy, as on his vivid 1994 debut, J.C. on the Set, or breathy and beautiful, as on 1995’s balladeering The Real Quietstorm, Carter sounds at home—shoes off and raiding the cupboards—in any setting. On 1995’s Jurassic Classics, Carter tackles standards and drives them into the turf before sportingly helping them up again, while on Conversin’ With the Elders he takes on heavyweights like Hamiet Bluiett, Lester Bowie, and Harry “Sweets” Edison and stands toe to toe with them all. See what sound and genre he devours, digests, and turns Carterian when he joins the Billy Taylor Trio at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $15. (202) 467-4600. (CP)