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The vocalist Heidi Martin is among D.C.’s treasures. She emits messages complex but clear, with an essence of ensconced resilience that hints at Billie Holiday, and a quavering force not unlike Joni Mitchell’s. But as a poet and a thinker she’s most closely linked to Abbey Lincoln, whose ear was always equally attuned to sensuality and justice. You want to hear Martin treat her hero’s material; there’s something captivating about their connection. In this program, Martin will be doing it in full: reading Lincoln’s poetry, plus quotes transcribed from interviews, and singing a full program of Lincoln’s original music.