The actress Trudie Styler and her husband, Sting, will be joined by more pop stars – Paul Simon, James Taylor, Dionne Warwick, Ivy Levan – as well as a trumpeter, Chris Botti, and an opera singer, Renée Fleming, in the biennial Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on April 17.

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  • Chris Botti takes fans on an amusing trip through jazz, pop and beyond at the Meyerson Symphony Center

    By THOR CHRISTENSEN / Special Contributor
    Photo by BEN TORRES / Special Contributor

    Chris Botti’s jazz trumpet chops aren’t the only reason he can fill big halls like the Meyerson Symphony Center, where he began a three-day stand on Friday night.

    For starters, he’s got sex appeal and pop instincts. To put on the crass hat for a moment, Botti is the new Chuck Mangione but with much nicer hair.

    But the bigger reason for Botti’s success is he dares to do what so many jazz players don’t: He entertains -- and with gusto.

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