You may not have heard of Chris Botti, but you’ve definitely heard Chris Botti. He has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed album “When I Fall In Love,” Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. How did he get here?
Hearing Miles Davis’ “My Funny Valentine” at 12 years old was all it took. Before turning 18 he could be spotted nightly playing in Portland jazz clubs, and Botti even spent portions of his senior year at Indiana University touring with Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich. The success continued into a decade long partnership with Paul Simon, a touring and recording job opportunity that eventually introduced him and his craft to legends like Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell — already on track for a jazz career far removed from elevator muzak.
A few albums later, a stint in an experimental jazz group called Bruford Levin Upper Extremities and the composition of a film score for Caught (1996), Botti was already reaching the upper extremities of a professional jazz career and success as a cross-over artist to pop audiences. But a 1999 tour with Sting solidified his place in music.
Album after album, a Chris Botti in Boston PBS special and a 2013 Grammy® award for Impressions, Botti has made it. His deep jazz roots are there in his Martin Committee Handcraft trumpet from 1939, his No. 3 sliver-plated mouthpiece from 1926, and the Leblan Vacchiano Harmon mute from the 1950s, but his success as a popular artist is evident in his guest appearances and recording relationships with music’s biggest names.
Case in point, you probably have heard Chris Botti. And your chance to hear him live is April 19th, right here in town.
Chris Botti will be live in concert April 19th, performing beloved jazz standards and award-winning Chris Botti originals.