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SUNDAY

“[Jazz’s] initial objective was to entertain people, not culturally uplift them….When was the last time a waitress with her breasts hanging out tried to hustle you for a drink at a Beethoven concert?” tenor saxophonist and Coltrane scholar Andrew White wrote in his book I, Educator. So maybe it’s not too surprising that the uptight Sligo Adventist School canceled his A Jazz Concerto at (literally) the last minute last May after it was deemed that White’s music was “not of Christlike purity and did not meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty.” Tonight’s performance is the makeup gig; apparently Methodists like to groove. White performs his concerto with pianist Boris Gurevich and then dusts off his oboe to perform Theme & Variations and Petite Suite Française with the Takoma Park Symphony Woodwind Quintet. At 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Rd., Hyattsville. $5. (301) 927-6133. (Christopher Porter)