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After Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove is the best-known trumpeter of this generation. His high visibility is due in part to his unrelenting release schedule and ubiquitous guest appearances on the records of fellow neoboppers. While Hargrove’s debts to Dizzy Gillespie (lightning fast changes), Miles Davis (stays close to the middle register), and Freddie Hubbard (a willingness to get funky) are obvious, it would be wrong to dismiss Hargrove’s playing as pastiche. His enchanting enthusiasm makes old tunes swing with a fresh fervor. At 8 & 10 p.m. tonight and Sunday, 8 p.m., 10 p.m., & midnight Saturday at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $18. (202) 337-4141. (Christopher Porter)