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Bill Frisell, Cheltenham | Michael Garrick's Reunion Sextet, on tour

Bill Frisell, Cheltenham
Bill Frisell became one of the most influential guitarists ever for a style that initially sounded like a cross between a twangy 50s rocker, Jimi Hendrix, Ry Cooder and a tape-recording playing backwards. Those might be distinctive qualities, but beneath all that, Frisell can be a resourceful, more or less straightahead jazz guitarist, and a full-on blues player, or a fastidious chamber-music explorer. He's one of the stars in a very starry Cheltenham Jazz Festival, with a powerful band including saxist Chris Cheek and Brad Mehldau bassist Larry Grenadier - playing songs from his new, typically cinematographic album, History, Mystery.

· Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Everyman Theatre, Sun 4

Michael Garrick's Reunion Sextet, on tour
With his air of a mild-mannered country parson, Michael Garrick is not exactly a fashionable jazz bandleader. But in a career on the British scene that runs back to the late 1950s, Garrick has had a significant impact on this country's jazz, as a pianist, educator and distinctive, Ellington-influenced composer. Garrick offered the UK jazz scene some of its most memorable works, and his contribution is now being reappraised as younger fans, including the Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson, rediscover his early music. The Bull's Head gig is for big band, but one of Garrick's most eloquent ensembles was his 70s septet - and the Reunion Sextet he leads for the other 75th birthday gigs includes most of the original members, including ever more expressive vocals from singer Norma Winstone.

· Bull's Head, SW13, Sun 4; Pizza Express, W1, Tue 6, Wed 7

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John Fordham

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