Legendary Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy. Photo courtesy of the artist

Buddy Guy, one of the world’s leading bluesmen, will play with his band at the Balboa Theater Saturday as part of the La Jolla Music Society‘s jazz series.

Rock musician Eric Clapton called the Chicago blues guitarist “by far without a doubt the best guitar player alive … He really changed the course of rock and roll blues.” Guy influenced artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Guy, 78, was born in rural Louisiana and moved to Chicago in 1957, where he began recording. He has received six Grammy awards and was recognized with a National Medal of Arts in 2003.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27-$77 and are available online or by calling 858-459-3728.

The music society, which is building a permanent concert hall in La Jolla, brings world-class performing arts to San Diego.

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