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Like gold, Wadada Leo Smith is a conductor: His multiple instruments (trumpet, flugelhorn, bamboo flute, koto, percussion) are conduits for the energy he channels into his “creative world jazz.” Like Joe McPhee’s Po Music and Ornette Coleman’s harmolodics, Smith’s Ankhrasmation is his own sound system for composing music that attempts to free each performer from the need to react to the others’ improvisations. Smith’s tight trumpet tone recalls Miles Davis and Don Cherry and fits perfectly into his spiritual mix of African rhythms, Japanese and Indonesian tonalities, the group improvisation of early jazz, and the freer sounds of the AACM, with whom he has been involved since 1967. Transparent Productions presents Smith in a rare East Coast appearance, along with his wife, poet Harumi Makino Smith, and local percussionist Nasser Abaday at 8 & 9:30 p.m. at University of the District of Columbia’s Building 46 West, Music Recital Hall, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 232-5061.

(Christopher Porter)