The buttery tone and hopscotch harmonics of saxophonist Lew Tabackin rest comfortably at the modern end of the lineage that began with Coleman Hawkins and continued through Sonny Rollins. While he’s also a well-regarded flutist, Tabackin drops that wussie whistle in favor of the tenor sax’s pure muscle on Tenority. The 57-year-old exhibits deconstructionist delight in disassembling “Sentimental Journey” (much as Newk does on standards), and has his own soft way with ballads such as “Autumn Nocturne” and “Fashion’s Flower.” As part of “Jazz Conversation,” music archivist and WPFW DJ Larry Appelbaum interviews Tabackin, who will also lead a master class. Players are encouraged to bring their instruments. At 7 p.m. at Borders, 18th & L Sts. NW. FREE. (202) 466-4999. (CP)