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Branford, the eldest Marsalis sibling, has dropped more jazz beats than most young lions or middle-age jazzers. Time has proven his 1984 debut, Scenes in the City, a visionary document—the disc embodies the spirit to which many of today’s post-baby-booming beboppers now aspire. Buckshot LeFonque, Marsalis’ current project, is an octet that also features vocals, poetry, and turntables. Tonight, you’ll see what happens when Marsalis trades the 60-second soundbites he once arranged for Jay Leno’s TV band for his own extended song stylings. At 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930; Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Ritz, 919 E St. NW. $22. (202) 638-2582. (Bobby Hill)