Bruce Hornsby Solo Tour to Come to CFA Nov. 19

Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m.

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: July 26, 2006

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Bruce Hornsby -- Solo at 8 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. Tickets for his performance go on sale at 10 a.m. on July 28.

One of pop's most in-demand "side-men" Hornsby is a three-time Grammy winner who's sold more than 10 million records since his multi-platinum debut in 1986. Hornsby draws from a wide array of influences -- among them jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, rock, vaudeville and sounds both swinging and downright uncategorizable -- all the while bringing his patented blend of playful lyrical whimsy and formidably refined musicality to the table.

Hornsby released "Intersections" on July 25 -- a boxed set of recordings plus a DVD commemorating Hornsby's 20th anniversary. It includes collaborations with The Grateful Dead, Shawn Colvin, members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Ricky Skaggs, Ornette Coleman, Bill Evans, Robbie Robertson, Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan, Roger Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, Gregory Hines and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Hornsby struck RIAA gold -- and triple platinum -- with his debut album, "The Way It Is," recorded with his band, the Range. His debut generated three Top 20 hits, including its No. 1 title track, and earned Bruce Hornsby and the Range the Best New Artist Grammy for 1986. Hornsby took home his second Grammy in 1989 for Best Bluegrass Recording for "Valley Road" (from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II") and his third Grammy in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental for "Barcelona Mona" (created with Branford Marsalis for the Barcelona Olympics).

Hornsby's last album, "Halcyon Days" (2004) was his ninth full-length album and first for Columbia Records. He has played on more than 100 records with artists ranging from Bob Dylan, Don Henley, and the Grateful Dead to Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, Béla Fleck and Willie Nelson. Hornsby's songs have also been performed and/or recorded by a variety of artists including Tupac Shakur, Chaka Khan, Robbie Robertson, Huey Lewis, Sara Evans and Leon Russell.

His eight previous albums -- "The Way It Is" (1986), "Scenes From The Southside" (1988), "A Night On The Town" (1990), "Harbor Lights" (1993), "Hot House" (1995), 1998's double CD "Spirit Trail," his double live collection "Here Come The Noisemakers" (2000), and "Big Swing Face" (2002) -- have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Hornsby became a part-time member of the Grateful Dead and, from September 1990 to March 1992, performed with the group on more than 100 concerts in America and Europe.

Tickets for Bruce Hornsby -- Solo are $29, students $20. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information, call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a Ticketfast location. Students (of any school) must present valid student ID at the center box office to receive discount.