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Like vocalist Betty Carter, dean of her own jazz college, drummer Art Blakey graduated more than a few students from Jazz Messengers U: trumpeters Lee Morgan and Wynton Marsalis, pianists Bobby Timmons and Benny Green, and saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Javon Jackson all own degrees from the foremost school of hard bop. Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, himself an alumni of JMU’s class of 1958 and responsible for such Blakey staples as “Blues March” and “Along Came Betty,” now organizes reunions of Jazz Messengers in tribute to Professor Blakey, who died in 1990. Join Golson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Dennis Irwin, and drummer Carl Allen (who is very capable of delivering Blakey’s big boom-baps) at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $27. (202) 467-4600. (CP)