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This weekend’s most noteworthy concerts will both have the fundamentalists asking “But is that really jazz?”

Leading jazz-rock guitarist Allan Holdsworth is at The Ferry tonight. A must for fans of virtuoso electric guitar playing. Doors open at 8pm, and tickets cost £18.

Tomorrow, that well-known funky jazz ensemble the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are putting on a concert of music from New York, including suites based on pieces by Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton. Normally I’d give this sort of classical-jazz fusion a wide berth – I find it doesn’t work as either jazz or classical music – but The Herald’s preview of the concert points out that conductor and arranger Jeff Tyzik has a solid jazz pedigree which includes working as an arranger for Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson. It’s at 7.30 in the Royal Concert Hall. Tickets start at £12.50, although there are fliers around offering substantial discounts.

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