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It makes sense that Cuban clarinet virtuoso Paquito D'Rivera would bring his talents to Danzon--a recent Turtle Island String Quartet release named after the stately dance of Cuba's 1950s string orchestras. As a member of Cuba's legendary '70s jazz group Irakere (where he shared the stage with fellow jazz giants Chucho Valdes and Arturo Sandoval), and on numerous albums since he left the island, D'Rivera has blended straight ahead jazz with just about everything, including recent heavy excursions into popular music of the Caribbean and South America. That's a good match for Turtle Island, who are known for their jazzy "American Vernacular" settings of popular songs for classical string quartet. In spirit, that's not so different from Cuba's whole tradition of blending African and European influences to create some of the most distinctive pop sounds on earth. 8 p.m. $40; $22 with student I.D. 962-1449 for tickets.

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