- 1 April 2012
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
- 30 March 2012
Featuring Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler, David Foster and Caroline Campbell
Trumpeter Chris Botti, the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist, will release his latest album, Impressions, on Columbia Records on April 17, 2012. A collection of songs and compositions expressing his love for rich, evocative melodies, the album showcases Botti among a high profile group of featured guests, including pianist/composer Herbie Hancock, tenor Andrea Bocelli, country singer Vince Gill, rock star Mark Knopfler, composer/pianist David Foster and violinist Caroline Campbell.
The colorful array of music Botti has selected for Impressions reaches across stylistic areas and national boundaries with works by classical composer Frédéric Chopin, American songwriters George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, R. Kelly, Randy Newman, Bob Thiele and David Weiss, Brazilian songwriter Ivan Lins, Argentine composer Astor Piazolla, Cuban composer Cesar Portillo de la Luz, as well as a pair of songs co-written by Botti. Many of the tracks are deeply enhanced by the superb orchestrations of William Ross, Vince Mendoza, Gil Goldstein and Jaques Morelenbaum.
Melody has always been at the heart of Botti’s music. Whether applying the lush sounds of his trumpet to the long, lyrical phrases of a familiar ballad or the arching, rhythmic lines of a jazz improvisation, his solos tell evocative stories, finding their way into the very heart of a song.
Impressions offers all that and more. Like Chris Botti in Boston, as well as other albums reaching back to 2004’s When I Fall In Love, the music on Impressions fulfills Botti’s desire to offer the sort of programming variety that provides a little something for many different tastes. Every track on Impressions is an individual highlight, filled with memorable moments:
- Botti’s elegiac performance of the album-opening orchestral version of Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 in C minor.
- The magnificent voice of Andrea Bocelli singing the brand new song, “Per Te (For You),” composed for the album by Botti, David Foster and Tiziano Ferro.
- A floating, intimate duet between Botti and the subtle guitar of Leonardo Amuedo on R. Kelly’s “You Are Not Alone,” a hit for Michael Jackson in a very different version.
- Country singer Vince Gill’s poignant version of Randy Newman’s “Losing You.”
- The irresistible rhythmic flow and improvisational flair of “Tango Suite,” co-composed by Botti and Herbie Hancock.
- A quartet of songs reaching into the world of Latin music: Rodrigo’s magnificent En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor, the trumpet and guitar lines of Brazilian songwriter Ivan Lins’ lovely “Setembro,” the swaying rhythms of Astor Piazolla’s tango, “Oblivion,” and the dark sensuality of a Cuban bolero, “Contigo En La Distancia.”
- The cinematic intensity of the choral-textured, Middle Eastern timbres of “Sevdah.”
- Botti’s convincing foray into the Great American Songbook via the familiar classics, “Summertime” and “Over the Rainbow.”
- The lovely, closing coda of Mark Knopfler’s warm and amiable take on “What A Wonderful World.”
Chris Botti’s Impressions,’ combining a full menu of his incomparable trumpet playing, an exciting program of music and an impressive line-up of featured artists, is filled with major hit potential, fully ready to join his growing line-up of hugely popular CDs selling more than 3 million copies worldwide.
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Track Listing in Order
1. “Prelude” (Frédéric Chopin)
2. “Per Te (For You)” (Chris Botti/David Foster/Tiziano Ferro)
3. “En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor” (Joaquín Rodrigo)
4. “You Are Not Alone” (R. Kelly)
5. “Losing You” (Randy Newman)
6. “Tango Suite” (Chris Botti/Herbie Hancock)
7. “Setembro” (Ivan Lins)
8. “Oblivion” (Astor Piazolla)
9. “Sevdah” (Gabriel Yared/Tanja Tzarovska)
10. “Summertime” (George and Ira Gershwin/DuBose Heyward)
11. “Contigo En La Distancia” (Cesar Portillo de la Luz)
12. “Over the Rainbow” (Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg)
13. “What A Wonderful World” (Bob Thiele/George David Weiss)
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Marleah Leslie and Associates
- 20 March 2012
In this premiere episode, Firestone begins an intriguing two-part interview with Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti ("When I Fall in Love", "Emmanuel" and "Cinema Paradiso"), who reveals the key question to ask aspiring young musicians, why it's sometimes good to be broke, and the artist he says gave him his career.
- 28 January 2012
Chris has been quite busy recording his next album in between tour dates. Here are some photos from his recording sessions in London!
w/ Mark Knopfler
w/ Jaques Morelenbaum
Lucia and Walter
- 7 September 2011
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.
- 19 July 2011
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 worldâ€™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 Wednesdayâ€™s concert had some striking similarities to the 2009 and 2010 appearances. All three opened with â€œAve Mariaâ€ and â€œWhen I Fall in Love.â€ Other pieces â€“ â€œEmmanuel,â€ the â€œTheme from Cinema Paradiso,â€ â€œThe Look of Loveâ€ and â€œCarusoâ€ (from Bottiâ€™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 Bottiâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€œThe Look of Loveâ€ 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 â€œMy Funny Valentine.â€
- 17 June 2011
The Chris Botti concert scheduled for June 28 at the Belgrade Arena has been cancelled due to a tour scheduling change. We apologize to the customers, ticket refunds at point of purchase.
- 7 June 2011
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.
- 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!