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McCoy Tyner’s African odyssey began when he became a member of John Coltrane’s group in 1960, and it has continued through 1995’s Infinity. While not all of Tyner’s albums have African themes, there are always undercurrents and sometimes, as on Extensions, waves. The recently reissued 1970 record is Tyner’s finest journey down the Nile, featuring Wayne Shorter, Gary Bartz, Ron Carter, Alice Coltrane, and Elvin Jones as his fellow travelers. With Jones sailing on the songs, Tyner is free to plant his left-hand roots deep in his pocket and let his right-hand branches grow wild. Make your Afrocentric requests when Tyner appears as part of the Kennedy Center’s ongoing “African Odyssey” series. At 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $25. (202) 467-4600. (Christopher Porter)