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Melbourne Jazz Festival, Australia 2011 – Review

By Dione Joseph (Australian Stage)

If you were lucky enough to see Chris Botti live in concert in 2010 at the National theatre then 2011 at the Melbourne Jazz Festival was deja vu in the best way possible.

Simply electrifying Botti, his five piece band and two guests (including the stunning vocalist Lisa Fischer and violinist Caroline Campbell) kept the audience clicking, clapping and tapping.

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Botti and St. Louis Symphony team up for memorable concert

By Terry Perkins – Special to the Post-Dispatch

St. Louis. Bridging the gap between jazz and classical music is not an easy task. But trumpet player Chris Botti, his talented band and members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Timothy Muffitt turned in a stellar performance Saturday at Powell Hall that earned a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.

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Madeleine Albright Appearance Featured on CNN.com

Check out this great article on Madeleine Albright’s drumming debut with the Botti band, featured on the homepage of CNN Entertainment!

Madeleine Albright channels Bon Jovi

How did former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spend Valentine’s Day? Behaving like a rock star, that’s how.

Albright was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, attending Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti’s concert. When Botti invited her to sit in as drummer during the band’s performance of “Nessun Dorma,” she jumped at the chance.

I’m sure this is one thing she has not accomplished in her career,” Botti said as Albright, 73, took the stage.

Sure, she might not have Ringo’s skills or a rocker attitude, but she certainly dressed the part “Albright was wearing a leather skirt. A member of the audience even wolf-whistled.” Albright had big shoes to fill. Botti’s regular drummer, Billy Kilson, won a Grammy on Sunday in the best pop instrumental album category (as the drummer on Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto’s album, “Take Your Pick”.

But as Botti’s trumpet angled skyward for Nessun Dorma’s famously rousing crescendo, Albright cut loose; Botti, who met Albright at the White House last month where he performed during the China state dinner, said she was a natural.

“At the end of the song, she raised her sticks in the air as if she were Bon Jovi’s drummer,” he said. And judging by the enthusiastic applause, Albright didn’t give drumming a bad name.

Check out the article here: http://bit.ly/fd75hE

Performance at the White House State Dinner

“On Wednesday night I had the privilege of performing for a distinguished audience at the White House State dinner honoring Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China.  In attendance were Presidents Obama, Clinton and Carter as well as former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Other distinguished guests included Barbra Streisand, Yo-Yo Ma, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Christiane Amanpour and Jamie Rubin among others. I am truly honored to have been asked to perform and It was great to be on stage again with friends Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang, Randy Brecker and James Genus. The evening was truly magical and an experience I will never forget” – Chris

In the United States, a state dinner is a formal dinner, more often black tie, which is held in honor of a foreign head of state, such as a king, queen, president, or any head of government. A state dinner is hosted by the President of the United States and held in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington D.C.

Chris w/ Lang Lang

Pictures from Warsaw

Earlier this year we told you about Simon, a young trumpeter in Poland who was in a severe car accident. We’re happy let you know he is well on his way to making a full recovery. Simon was able to attend the concert in Warsaw and had a chance to meet with Chris as well!

Here’s an absolutely adorable photo from Warsaw we thought we’d share with everyone!

Chris Performs With Juan Luis Guerra At 2010 Latin Grammy Awards!

Chris Performs With Juan Luis Guerra At 2010 Latin Grammy Awards!  

On Thursday, November 11th, Chris performed alongside multiple Grammy-recipient Juan Luis Guerra at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards!  It was a vibrant night with stunning performances and recognition of some of today’s top artists. 

Check out this photo of Chris and Juan Luis Guerra’s performance and more on the official Grammy website: