By JIM DAIL For The Californian
For someone who spends 300 days a year on the road, is one of the most popular jazz artists in the field, and puts on one of the most well-received live performance shows in music, it’s almost hard to believe that Chris Botti still does not feel he has it down.
“It really is an ongoing process,” said Botti, who will perform June 3 at Thornton Winery as part of the 2012 Champagne Jazz Concert Series. “It’s all about presenting a good show to an audience.”
Part of his drive to perfect his shows has to do with his time watching others on the stage.
“I saw how Sting crafted his show when I was performing with him,” he said. “And I saw Sinatra and remember seeing the way he worked chat into the act and connected with the audience. Don Rickles does the same thing, and I’m a huge fan of his. He is incredible the way he interacts with an audience.”
As he reflects on his career to this point, Botti believes the show is the key.
Chris Botti matches his soulful playing with a wide range of collaborating vocalists
By Marcia Manna, The San Diego Union-Tribune
When Chris Botti makes a total stranger cry, he figures he has done his job.
“My favorite compliment is when someone comes up to me at a show and says, ‘I didn’t know who you were and here I am bawling, and that never happened before,’” says Botti, who brings his sophisticated trumpeter’s tone to Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay on Friday and Temecula’s Thornton Winery on Sunday.
The contemporary jazz instrumentalist is touring to support “Impressions,” a CD that showcases a diverse group of artists, including Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill and Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.
Trumpeter Botti tours constantly with his instrumentals. He dishes on his career, his latest album, ‘Impressions,’ and musical collaborations.
May 28, 2012|By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
By Kim O’Brien Root
Chris Botti has performed with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli.
He’s blown his trumpet in the White House, and in 2004 his trademark, blond-tousled hair earned him recognition as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People.
It’s a nice list of career accomplishments. But what Botti really wants is to make you cry.
“The best compliment people can give me is that they were somehow moved to tears, in a good way,” Botti says. “That’s what I strive for. To move people’s emotions.”