What do Jimmy Buffett and Miles Davis share in common? The obvious answer might be “not much,” but in fact, these otherwise divergent artists at one time called upon the six-string talents of Earl Klugh. It was 1976 when Klugh first burst upon the scene as a willful musical envelope-pusher. From the beginning, he seemed unwilling to acknowledge the perceived barriers between musical forms, as he gleefully glided from jazz to pop to R&B to country to world music to classical, and back again. He might be jamming with Stevie Wonder one day and getting “out there” with Chick Corea the next.
Nearly 40 years after that storied debut, Klugh remains true to his own genre-busting modus operandi. He’s currently touring behind last year’s “HandPicked,” an album that found Klugh collaborating with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and country’s Vince Gill, among others. Klugh comes to Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center at SUNY Buffalo State College at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $32 to $40, and $15 for students with ID (box office, www.buffalostatepac.org).
– Jeff Miers