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As this generation’s most versatile saxophonist, Joe Lovano can play outside with the dirty kids who steal a melody and break it in two, or inside with the cardigan-wearing traditionalists who caress a tune as if it’s a fragile antique. Lovano’s new album is a tribute to the like-minded singer who caroused with both the Bowery boys and the downtown debs. Celebrating Sinatra is at times pleasantly syrupy in its presentation, sounding like those sweeping background swells in old movies where the soprano female sings sugary gibberish over a bed of strings (here, the lovely vocals belong to Lovano’s wife, Judi Silvano, and the unique orchestration to Manny Albam). But when the mood music subsides, as on “Chicago” and “Imagination,” Lovano and his partners in crime (drummer Al Foster, bassist George Mraz, and pianist Kenny Werner) again prove themselves worthy of hanging out on whichever side of the tracks they choose. Lovano appears with the Billy Taylor Trio at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $15. (202) 467-4600. (CP)