"Relax, relax, why can't you relax? Relax, just simply relax ... If only you had your way, you'd be on top in a day, but things are seldom cut and dried that way."

Tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Buck Hill's career has been anything but cut and dried, but now that he's made it, he can take his own advice and relax. Hill will perform "Relax" and other original tunes in the first of Charlin Jazz Society's Jazz Composer series.

"Our mission is to advance the status of jazz musicians to a higher level of esteem as in symphony orchestras," says Linda Wernick, cofounder of the Charlin Jazz Society. "We want to show people that jazz musicians are more than jazz entertainers, they're artists."

For more than 40 years, Hill has proven that artistry at home and abroad. The 60-year-old District native has played at the world's largest jazz gathering -- the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands -- and has recorded several critically acclaimed albums.

"It's like having Mozart or Beethoven in your home town," Wernick says.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for Charlin Jazz Society members. For more information, call 362-0858.