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Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson’s career is as varied as his John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins-informed musical style. After playing hard bop in the ’60s—with occasional forays into bossa nova and the avant-garde—with talents as diverse as Kenny Dorham, Horace Silver, and Andrew Hill, Henderson joined the rock group Blood, Sweat, and Tears for a short stint in the jazz-decimated ’70s. Henderson’s energetic resurgence began in 1985 with the two-volume The State of the Tenor—both forceful pianoless trio dates—and continued with two Grammys for impassioned songbook collections of Billy Strayhorn and Miles Davis tunes. Henderson’s latest, Double Rainbow: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, is a thoughtful compilation divided into two suites: The first allows Henderson to explore straight-ahead Brazilian themes with a group of native musicians, while the second assembles Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, and Jack DeJohnette for compelling jazz interpretations of Jobim’s “new beat” music. At 8 & 10 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. (202) 337-4141. (Christopher Porter)