Bruce Hornsby and Friends: Thursday, October 23
BankUnited Center at the University of Miami, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $200 (VIP). 305-358-5885, www.ticketmaster.com
The good-natured 53-year-old Bruce Hornsby is a musician who wears many hats. Only last year, he teamed up with mandolinist Ricky Scaggs to record what became a much-acclaimed bluegrass disc, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby. That CD included several traditional tunes, a handful of original compositions, and a surprising cover of Rick James's "Superfreak."
At the same time, Hornsby made Camp Meeting, his first instrumental jazz record. Credited to the Bruce Hornsby Trio, it also featured bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack DeJohnette, two highly acclaimed instrumentalists on the modern jazz scene.
Hornsby, then, is definitely something of a serial musical collaborator. He has frequently appeared in the studio and onstage with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, with whom he recorded "I Can't Make You Love Me," as well as Leon Russell and Chaka Khan. His fans will also remember his two-year stint with the Grateful Dead in the early Nineties, when he temporarily replaced the late Brent Mydland.