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Trumpeter Chris Botti and friends deliver another splendid show

NAPA VALLEY REGISTER
BY: L. PIERCE CARSON

Chris Botti really knows how to please a crowd.

From the opening number — which paid tribute to Miles Davis’ extended version of the second movement of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” from the “Sketches of Spain” album — to the rousing closer — Al Green’s hit, “Let’s Stay Together” — his two-hour-plus show at Napa’s Uptown Theater Saturday night was the tight, entertaining, quality show we’ve come to expect of this 50-year-old jazz trumpeter.

Botti can play hot, he can play smooth. On top of that, he’s a marvelous raconteur who digs what he does, especially interacting with audiences all around the world.

The affable bandleader told a sold-out house the other night that he and his musical posse had just celebrated 10 years on the road together, wherein an average of 300 days of each year are spent performing or traveling to the next gig.

Read the full article here at napavalleyregister.com

Special Guest Appearance With Zucchero!

If you’re in the New York area, Zucchero is coming to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on April 23 at 8PM with special guests Sting, Chris Botti, Dolores O’Riordan (of the Cranberries), Fher (of Maná), Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Elisa, Jovanotti, Fiorella Mannoia, Andrea Griminelli and more!

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Chris Botti Joins with The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary




 Chris Botti Joins with The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary to Encourage Baby Boomers to Get Their Hearing Tested

“As a musician, I know first-hand about the importance of hearing health. I cannot imagine a world without the ability to hear music. My world would be over!,” says world-renowned trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, who appears in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) released by The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Filmed by noted videographer and photographer Fabrizio Ferri, with voiceover narration by composer, singer, author, actor, and activist Sting, the PSA is the centerpiece of a multi-platform hearing loss awareness campaign aimed to encourage baby boomers to get their hearing tested.
 
Click here– fb.com/iLikeMyHearing–View our “Favorite Sounds” video featuring Chris, Fabrizio Ferri and others talking about their favorite sounds. Enter the “Favorite Sounds Sweepstakes”  for a chance to win the $5,000-value opportunity for ten friends to share dinner with Chris Botti at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s November 15 fundraising gala.

Click here – ilikemyhearing.org – Learn about hearing loss. According to Ronald Hoffman, MD, “The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary created this site as a one-stop resource to help adults take control  of their hearing health with a simple hearing loss self-test, information on where baby boomers can go to get their hearing tested, and tips about ways to prevent hearing loss. Hearing loss is a critical public health issue. Approximately 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, and… with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, this number is skyrocketing.”

Watch the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary PSA featuring Chris and Sting below.
 

Behind the Scenes

Chris to perform at Andrea Bocelli Live In Central Park

CELINE DION, TONY BENNETT, NICOLA BENEDETTI, CHRIS BOTTI, DAVID FOSTER ANDREA GRIMINELLI, ANA MARIA MARTINEZ, BRYN TERFEL, PRETTY YENDE ANDTHE WESTMINSTER SYMPHONIC CHOIR CELEBRATE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED TENOR ANDREA BOCELLI AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, CONDUCTED BY ALAN GILBERT, ON CENTRAL PARK’S GREAT LAWN, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

Tickets are Required for Entrance to this Special Concert Event

New York, September X, 2011
The world’s most beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform a free concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn, Thursday, September 15th with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by its Music Director Alan Gilbert. Joining Andrea on stage this memorable night will be Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster. Sopranos Ana Mari­a Marti­nez and Pretty Yende, violinist Nicola Benedetti, bass baritone Bryn Terfel and flutist Andrea Griminelli will also be part of this spectacular evening, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director.

This once-in-a-lifetime musical event will be recorded in high definition by THIRTEEN for WNET for national PBS broadcast on GREAT PERFORMANCES in late fall 2011. ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK will also be released on CD and DVD by Sugar/Decca this November.

Bocelli is widely regarded as the most popular Italian tenor in the world with more than 70 million albums sold. He will present a varied repertoire including his best known and loved songs that have become fan favorites.

Barilla is the main sponsor of the concert event.

Hollywood Bowl Review

Live Jazz: Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin and the Yellowjackets at the Hollywood Bowl
July 14, 2011
By Don Heckman

Chris Botti made his third consecutive L.A. appearance in July Wednesday night.  This time, he was at the Hollywood Bowl, following July concerts in 2009 and 2010, almost to the day, at the Greek Theatre.

And this performance, like the earlier ones, defined why Botti has become the music world’s best selling instrumentalist.  Touring the world with a stellar ensemble for 300 or so appearances a year, he has created a musical entertainment as fine tuned and superbly functioning as a TAG Heuer Grand Carrera. Chris Botti The program for Wednesday’s concert had some striking similarities to the 2009 and 2010 appearances. All three opened with “Ave Maria” and “When I Fall in Love.” Other pieces – “Emmanuel,” the “Theme from Cinema Paradiso,” “The Look of Love” and “Caruso” (from Botti’s Italia CD) were also heard on all three programs.

If that sounds like substantial repackaging, one could make the case that virtually all major touring musical artists offer programs liberally sprinkled with familiar items. Entertaining his audiences with musical authenticity is clearly Botti’s goal, and he achieves it with winning regularity

What makes his programs most intriguing for jazz listeners, however, is the fact that Botti and his impressive musical companions do not “in the way that many pop artists do“ perform as living juke boxes, repeating their hits note for note, with no creative variation.

Botti’s first lyrical phrases on “Ave Maria,” for example, followed by pianist Billy Childs’ inventive excursion through “When I Fall In Love,” immediately made it clear that familiarity would breed inspiration, not predictability.

Other highlights produced similarly compelling results: the dynamic violin playing of Caroline Campbell; the extraordinary work of the Botti band – pianist Childs; guitarist Mark Whitfield, bassist Carlitos Del Puerto; drummer Billy Kilson; keyboardist Andy Ezrin. And, perhaps most remarkable of all, singer Lisa Fischer, moving with utter ease from the balladry of “The Look of Love” to her extraordinary, tenor-range rendering of the Italia theme. Add to that an unexpected guest performance by Micheal Buble, topping the evening with a soaring duet with Botti on “My Funny Valentine.”

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