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Because his “discovery” occurred during a time when jazz was dominated by young guns with little or no emotion to accompany their admirable technical skills, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman was quickly elevated to the rank of savior. It’s a tough label to live up to, even for someone as talented as the son of undersung saxophonist Dewey Redman. His collections, Joshua Redman, Wish, and the newly issued Mood Swing are, like most studio dates, inexact approximations of his growth as an artist. To better gauge Redman’s development, make your way to tonight’s performance, which will also feature the seasoned tenor splendor of local legend Buck Hill. At 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $25. (202) 994-6800; Redman and Willard Jenkins, director of the National Jazz Service Organization, will speak in conjunction with the “Jazz Conversations” series on Monday at 1 p.m. at Borders, 1801 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 466-4999. (Reuben Jackson)