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Though born in New Jersey, jazz vocalist Stacey Kent now lives in England and rarely performs in the United States. If that’s not reason enough to catch the internationally lauded singer on her current world tour, she’ll also be performing songs from her latest release, Breakfast on the Morning Tram. The disc is the ideal vehicle for Kent’s affectionate-yet-wearied singing style: She gives thoughtful deliveries of the material, much of which was co-written by award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day). When not lending delicacy and nostalgia to Ishiguro’s lyrics, Kent finds emotional depth in the French-language songs of Serge Gainsbourg—and even Fleetwood Mac’s done-to-death “Landslide.” Kent performs at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $27.50. (202) 337-4141. —-Michael J. West