Although he’s often described as a jazz guitarist as well as a Latin guitarist, it might be simpler to think of Di Meola as a guitarist’s guitarist since many acclaimed guitarists have cited him as a major influence. What’s more, he’s one of the few artists often praised for achieving artistic and commercial success, two different achievements that don’t always appear in the same sentence when describing musical careers.

Performing with the World Sinfonia, Di Meola launches the tour in Agoura, Calif., at the Canyon Club Feb. 17, plays Henderson, Nev., at Ovation at the Green Valley Ranch Resort Feb. 18 and stops in San Diego for a gig at Anthology Feb. 19. Other dates in the tour running through April 3 include four nights in Seattle at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Feb. 24-27; three nights in the San Francisco Bay Area at Yoshi’s Oakland March 4-6 and four nights at New York City’s Bluenote.

Also on the schedule are stops in Nashville (March 18), Atlanta (March 19), Albany, N.Y. (March 25), Reading, Pa. (March 27), Fairfield, Conn. (March 29) and Austin (April 3).

Di Meola plans to give audiences a taste of his upcoming album, Pursuit Of Radical Rhapsody, which lands in stores March 15 on Telarc International. For more information, click here for the artist’s website.