We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.


Like the term “jazz” itself, no one has yet defined “harmelodics,” the musical system on which the innovative (and always controversial) composition and alto saxophone artistry of Ornette Coleman is based. But like the once equally despised bebop, it is difficult to deny the melodicism of Coleman compositions like “Theme From a Symphony” (from the shamefully unavailable Skies of America) or the oft-performed “Lonely Woman.” This rare D.C. appearance finds Coleman with his electric-based unit Prime Time, which combines melodic richness with equally appealing nods to swing and funk. Also on the bill is the hip-hop duo Get Set V.O.P. (Voice of the Projects), whose incisive texts have graced recordings by the likes of guitarist/composer John-Paul Bourelly and Geri Allen. At 8 p.m. at Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St. NW. $18-26. (202) 783-0360. (Reuben Jackson)