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Like most tribute recordings, singer Jeanie Bryson’s Some Cats Know (Telarc), a bland collection of songs popularized by Peggy Lee, sets the artist at a decided disadvantage. The repertoire simultaneously reminds us that Lee, the supreme minimalist of popular singing, is inimitable, and that Bryson, despite her appealing voice, has yet to evolve a distinctive style. Perhaps her appearance tonight, backed by her own quartet instead of the larger ensemble of better-known musicians assembled for the CD, will allow Bryson to escape Lee’s shadow and express something of her own musical identity. At 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $16. (202) 337-4141. (Joel E. Siegel)