* Pharoah Sanders

The 77-year-old saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will always be best known for his 1969 LP, “Karma,” and specifically its half-hour-long first track: “The Creator Has a Master Plan.” Built around two simple chords, the song finds Sanders sojourning in the screeching and pleading free-jazz territory of Albert Ayler and Charles Gayle; building melodic improvisations that show the influence of his former colleague and mentor, John Coltrane; and crying out in an incantatory yodel (with his voice, not his horn) that shows real abandon. Sanders’ music has hardly lost vitality in the more than 40 years since he recorded “Master Plan,” and he continues to dazzle with his flights of free-meets-form. Two separate sets at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com.