Trumpeter Chris Botti steals hearts along with the show

Trumpeter Chris Botti steals hearts along with the show

BY AMY SMART, TIMESCOLONIST.COM / PHOTO BY BRUCE STOTESBURY

REVIEW

Who: Chris Botti

When: Monday

Where: Royal Theatre

Rating: Four stars (out of five)

Oh, Chris Botti — are you a thief? Because some hearts were certainly stolen at the Royal Theatre on Monday night.

It should come as no surprise that jazz trumpeter behind albums like A Thousand Kisses Deep (2003), When I Fall in Love (2004) and To Love Again: Duets (2005) was a smooth operator.

This man could write the rulebook on how to charm an audience. They snapped their fingers when he said snap. They laughed at his semi-self-deprecating stories — like the one when music mogul David Foster suggested he work with Andrea Bocelli (shows clout), but then he responded, "Hey David, What do you do? Call 1-800-Bocelli?" (shows he's like everybody else). They may have even wiped a tear away when, for the first song after the encore, he pulled a 14-year-old drummer from the audience to join the band on stage for a heart-stopping rendition of Nessun Dorma.

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