- 14 January 2013
Democrat And Chronicle
Video by Kris J. Murante
The standout trumpeter, no stranger to this city, performs this weekend with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at Eastman Theatre.
- 20 November 2012
Written by Ashley Polasek
Contributing Writer, GreenvilleOnline.com
When Chris Botti and guest vocalist Renee Olstead found themselves working through kinks in “The Very Thought of You,” a song they were performing together for the first time at their Peace Center concert Friday night, he quipped “this is really jazz.”
And was it ever.
In a concert that ranged from Chopin to Michael Jackson, trumpeter Botti’s melodic jazz style and his keen improvisational skills were at their best from his first note.
Looking ever-dapper in a three-piece suit, Botti stepped on stage and launched into a jazzy tune, filling the hall with a wonderful robust tone. He showcased his seemingly endless stamina as he soared, rocked and wailed his way through a two-hour set of expertly-arranged tunes.
Musical variety is the hallmark of Botti’s concerts and he didn’t disappoint, creating a set that seamlessly ran the gamut between jazz, pop, rock and classical.
The ethereal “Love Theme” from the Italian film “Cinema Paradiso,” a jazz-infused version of Chopin’s “Prelude in C Minor” and a touching rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” were all the more pleasing for being unexpected.
Botti took the stage with an intimate band of five that would have been as at-home in a nightclub as they were in the Peace Center’s Concert Hall. Each of the musicians took solos that highlighted an incredible range of talent.
Pianist Billy Childs and bassist Richie Goods contributed particularly dazzling fleet-fingered solos, during a tribute to Miles Davis’ “Flamenco Sketches.”
Versatile guitarist Leonardo Amuedo thrilled the crowd with solos that ranged from a soulful caress to a hard-charging version of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.”
In addition to Olstead, the concert also featured guest violinist Caroline Campbell.
Campbell accompanied the band on several numbers, rendering a particularly powerful and heartbreaking duet, “Emmanuel,” with Botti. She also took the stage and let loose on a virtuosic, screaming solo number that earned roars of delight, and a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience.
Olstead, who was joining this tour for the first time, sang with a sensuous sophistication well beyond her 23 years. She provided touching and intimate vocals, but really wowed the crowd when she and Botti expertly scatted together on “The Look of Love.” Olstead even taking control of the valves of Botti’s trumpet while he played pealing runs and she harmonized.
The concert ended on a heartwarming note as Botti invited a 10-year-old girl from the audience on stage to provide the swelling cymbal roll in the band’s encore number, “Nessun Dorma,” the beloved aria from Puccini’s opera “Turnadot.”
It was a touching end to an evening of superb and joyous music.
- 15 October 2012
"One of the evening’s most glorious moments joined Irving Berlin’s 'What’ll I Do?' and Rodgers and Hart’s 'My Funny Valentine' in a duet by Ms. Streisand and her special guest, the pop-jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. His silvery tone and trailing phrases, combined with the orchestra, infused both songs with an aching film-noir melancholy." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
- 29 August 2012
Written by Stephen K. Peeples, KHTS
Jazz-pop-classical trumpet player and multiple Grammy nominee Chris Botti opened the 2012-2013 season at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons with a class as well as a classy performance Saturday night, earning a standing ovation from most of the sold-out crowd of nearly 1,000 fans ranging in age from 9 to 90.
Prior to the concert, Botti was guest instructor for the Golden Valley High School big band in a special “master’s class.” Held in the storied COC Studio Jazz Ensemble big band’s rehearsal space in Pico Hall, the session was part of the PAC’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program.
Botti was also guest of honor at a pre-show meet-and-greet event that was packed by 100 local fans who paid $75 each to meet the artist, with the funds going to support the outreach program.
Read the whole article at hometownstation.com
- 21 August 2012
Grammy-nominated trumpeter Chris Botti has been busy this year after the release of his tenth studio album Impressions in April.
Currently traveling the world on tour, Chris is bringing his colorful sound to the stage as the featured artist for this Friday’s (Aug. 24) Summer Concert Series at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach!
Pat Prescott checked in with Chris to hear the latest on his travels, new CD, and working with some of the biggest names in music. Listen to the segments below of our exclusive one on one interview with Chris to hear what to expect from the show this Friday!
Being a bi-coastal musician, Chris has of course has his pros and cons for living and working in both Los Angeles and New York. However, because of the shift in the music industry, he spends most months out on the sunny west coast.
“Sadly the music industry has kind of left New York and it’s all [in L.A.], and that’s what I love about L.A., but sadly you don’t walk in L.A. and that’s what I love about NY,” said Chris.
Becoming a successful musician means putting a lot of work into perfecting your craft. For Chris, his passion for music started at a very young age, and he’s been working towards his goal ever since. He explains that he has no regrets from missing parts of his childhood, because it’s all paid off now.
“There are very people in the world – no matter what you give up – the reality is if I wrote my dream on a card when I was nine…and opened it up now, it would be the exact same thing,” explains Chris. “Even though you give up a whole heck of a lot of personal life issues, you gain so much on the other end that’s valuable for your heart.”
Chris has been receiving great reviews of his latest release Impressions. He talks about his inspiration for this album and the particular sound he was going for to keep his music fresh for fans.
“I wanted to make a record that kept the listener…in the same pocket without kind of moving them around, but yet a ride they can appreciate,” he explained.
Chris talks about taking the stage this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach and what fans can expect at the show.
“For me, I like it when a concert has a an up and down rather than the sameness to it and the way you really get that sweeping expanse is to have brilliant musicians behind you,” said Chris. “You really need to have an all star cast behind you.”
Chris has been working with Sting for much of his career both on tour and in studio. Their professional collaborations has evolved into a close friendship, which Chris is eternally grateful for since Sting has helped further his music career.
“I don’t really have a career on the level it is now without my friendship and his belief in my music,” said Chris. “He’s opened so many doors for me.”
As if working with Sting wasn’t big enough, Chris talks about going out on a short tour with Barbra Streisand this October.
- 7 August 2012
We are proud to announce that Chris Botti will be a special guest in Barbra Streisand's tour this October 2012.
Philadelphia - October 8th at Wells Fargo Center
Brooklyn - October 11th and 13th at Barclays Center (Sold Out)
Montreal - October 17th at the Bell Centre
Ottawa - October 20th at Scotiabank Plaza
Toronto - October 23rd at the Air Canada Centre
Chicago - October 26th at the United Center
Vancouver - October 29th at Rogers Arena
Tickets for the newly announced performances will go on sale starting Saturday, August 11th in Montreal and on Monday, August 13th for all other shows.
Read more at barbrastreisand.com
- 26 July 2012
Chris Botti on Trumpet at the Beacon Theater
By NATE CHINEN
Photo By Chad Batka for The New York Times
Chris Botti has a trumpet sound that suggests the softer side of luminosity, the realm of sunsets and half-moons and low-wattage incandescence. Mellow and pearly, it emits an unabashed beauty of the sort that you could carefully build a career around — as Mr. Botti has, with extravagant success. But one of the perils of beauty is inertia, and Mr. Botti isn’t about to fall into that trap, as he seemed almost too keen to prove at the Beacon Theater on Tuesday night, in a punchy and ultimately perplexing show.
There’s an underlying dichotomy in Mr. Botti’s work, which functions both on the level of flickering intimacy and thundering grandiosity. He’s adept at exuding human warmth on a sweeping scale, which explains his collaborative history with Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, and sheds light on his affiliation with Sting. Still, it’s striking how differently Mr. Botti conceives of his roles on record and onstage. To stick with the lighting analogy, his studio output is to his live show what a votive candle is to a fireworks display.
- 23 July 2012
Through the 1980s and '90s, Chris Botti had a relatively successful career as an in-demand session musician and sideman, and as a composer and producer. Then, in 2001, after he signed to Columbia Records, the stars aligned; since that time he's gone from strength to strength garnering worldwide acclaim as a live performer and selling millions of records.
WRTI's Jim Cotter caught up with the superstar trumpeter when Botti was in town to play with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Listen to the whole interview at wrti.org
- 20 July 2012
By Peter Crimmins
Video by Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks
One of the most popular trumpeters in jazz is in Philadelphia this week.
Chris Botti, whose smooth and accessible music have earned him a huge international fan base and Grammy nominations, will perform at the Mann Center Thursday with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
He flew into town a few days before the outdoor gig to teach some of the finer points of technique to teenagers at the Clef Club on South Broad Street.
A summer camp jazz ensemble of about 20 kids played three numbers for an attentive Botti. Aspiring trumpet player Manny Ohemeng, 16, took a turn soloing on the Horace Silver tune "The Jody Grind."
"I did a famous Dizzy Gillespie lick, from 'Dizzy's Atmosphere,'" said Ohemeng, who has been playing for seven years. "As my dad sometimes says, 'It's OK to copy, as long as you copy the right cats.'"
Botti, dressed in a black suit and sneakers, sat back and listened. Then he offered insight learned from great trumpeters like Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.
"A lot of young musicians try to over-think it," Botti told the young players. "If you listen to the great ones, like Lee Morgan, it's actually more soulful and more simple, and not pentatonic and note-y. For the trumpet player, just simple stuff, that works."
Botti then played with the students, demonstrating a simpler, more confident lick, ending in a racing, sliding finish.
After the class, Botti explained what he gets from these drop-in teaching classes.
"To try to get young people to be more simple-minded, in the sense that you can practice an instrument and find such incredible joy out of producing a note and the simpleness of it, and the connection with the instrument, rather than trying to fast-forward all their lives to are they going to be a superstar, are they going to be on 'American Idol'?"
Many of the kids on stage have been practicing their instruments for years. As such they could give enough pep to an old warhorse like "When the Saints Come Marching In," with a stepped-up Mardi Gras rhythm, that Botti and his trumpet fell in.
- 19 July 2012
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