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The CD reissue campaign has been kind to Wayne Shorter. The last couple of years have seen the re-releases of such ’60s Shorter gems as Juju, Odyssey of Iska, Schizophrenia, The All Seeing Eye, and Et Cetera, as well as Miles Davis’ The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel box set, on which are preserved the saxophonist’s absolutely scorching performances. Now it’s easy to trace Shorter’s development from muscular hard bopper with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers to mature composer and thoughtful soloist under the guidance of Davis to impressionistic tone colorist (and later, bland fusioneer) with Weather Report. For District Curators’ “Miles Was Cool” (the dorky title of which would surely make the curmudgeonly Davis mumble “What the fuck, motherfucker?”), a concert honoring the trumpeter’s 70th birthday, Shorter will hopefully tackle his time with Davis’ great quintet, when he contributed such classics as “Footprints,” “E.S.P.,” and “Nefertiti” to the modern-jazz canon. With the newest trumpet superstar, Roy Hargrove, and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Orchestra; in conjunction with the “Jazz Arts Festival.” At 7 p.m. at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $20. (202) 783-4000. (Christopher Porter)