- 19 April 2011
Following a highly successful tour in 2010, Chris Botti the Trumpet King and his seven piece band return in 2011 as special guests of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Australian Stage's Dione Joseph joins Botti in conversation to find out what brings the living legend back to our shores.
- Dione Joseph
- 21 February 2011
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.
- 18 February 2011
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
- 15 February 2011
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joined the Chris Botti band last night at the Kennedy Center to the surprise and enjoyment of the audience. Poised behind the drumset, Ms. Albright showed her skills during a special performance of Nessum Dorma - check out the video below!
- 21 January 2011
"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
- 18 November 2010
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!
- 18 November 2010
Here's a great picture from Chris' sold out show at the Chicago Theater last Saturday!
- 15 November 2010
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:
- 18 October 2010
Check out these pictures from Odessa, Ukraine! Special thanks go out to Duke, Alexey and Svetlana for making our first trip to Odessa memorable!
- 24 September 2010
Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the Paris, France show on October 5 will not take place. Refunds are being given to ticket holders.
- 25 August 2010
by John Shand
Blowing the trumpet on a scintillating act
The Basement, August 23 FORGET the pretty-boy image, the Sting-derived celebrity and the lapses of taste. Chris Botti is a brilliant trumpeter accompanied by one of the great bands to visit Sydney in recent years.
He is the biggest-selling jazz instrumentalist, partly because he is also the ultimate cross-over artist, embracing funk, classical, rock and cocktail music.
Performing live the truth will out, especially in a crucible like the Basement. After opening with Ave Maria - showing off his tonal purity and breath control - Botti eased into When I Fall In Love. This was not exactly reassuring, as Andy Ezrin's synthesiser washes seemed designed to allay any threat of real jazz.
But suddenly the ballad erupted into lava-hot funk, then became even more explosively free, with thrilling interaction between Botti and the drummer Billy Kilson.
This was highest-calibre jazz, which Billy Childs sustained with one of the most gripping and multi-faceted piano solos I have heard in years.
Just when it seemed we were safe, the willow-limbed violinist Caroline Campbell joined Botti in tossing us a light classical lolly for no discernible reason.
However, he redeemed himself with an unforgettable Flamenco Sketches. The plaintiveness of Miles Davis's original was soon forged into platinum trumpet blasts over a scorching band (completed by the guitarist Mark Whitfield and the bassist Tim Lefebvre): wondrous jazz to restore faith and convert sceptics.
The wonder lingered when Botti gave a beautiful reading of Cohen's Hallelujah against the guitar, although creeping synth washes undermined the intimacy.
The singer Lisa Fischer, of Rolling Stones fame, only strengthened the show. On a rabidly funky The Look of Love, she slid between a sumptuous contralto and a dazzling top end, while Whitfield gave a master-class in rhythm guitar.
As she enthralled us for four songs, the band became ever more dangerous.
If further overblown silliness occasionally punctuated the magic, Botti was as charming between songs as he was scintillating during them. Do not miss this band.