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In celebration of the opening night of The Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches + Jewlery, we are excited to announce that Chris will be performing a free private concert under the stars presented by Genlux Magazine and The Rodeo Drive Committee.
Both presenters have graciously allowed us to invite 50 fans and a guest to attend this very special event. The first 50 fans that email email@example.com and tell us they can attend will get on the list. Reservations are limited and available on a first come first served basis and are non-transferable. Fans who qualify will receive a confirmation email letting them know how to obtain tickets to the performance.
Date / Time: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00pm
Location: The 300 block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
By Don Heckman
There were two guys named Chris on stage at the Hollywood Bowl Friday and Saturday nights. Despite their identical first names, their styles traced to very different genres. And despite those different sources, they both offered performances rich in musicality and compelling entertainment.
Friday evening opened with the first Chris – jazz trumpeter Chris Botti — backed by his own group and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Bramwell Tovey.
Although Botti was often identified with the smooth jazz style in his early years, he has always been a player whose music was filled with the authority of jazz authenticity. Over the past two decades his ever-curious, inventive imagination has taken him to jazz settings reaching from performances with full symphonic orchestras, to straight ahead mainstream jazz, and explorations reaching the outer limits of free improvisations.
Much of that territory was explored in his gripping performance at the Bowl.
Botti began with a warm tribute to Miles Davis, applying his trademark, warm tone to a composition long associated with Davis – Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez. To Botti’s credit, he made the piece’s lush Spanish melodies his own. He was equally expressive with Davis’ “Flamenco sketches.
And when he added some familiar standards – “When I Fall In Love” and “The Very Thought of You” – he once again emphasized his embracingly warm sound and expressive tone to every melodic phrase.
Botti also showcased his skills as a leader, urging the members of his band – pianist Geoff Keezer, guitarist Ben Butler, bassist Richie Goods and drummer Billy Kilson – into their own far-reaching skills. Add to that the mesmerizing violin playing of guest artist Caroline Campbell on the Grammy-nominateed “Emmanuel,” as well as George Komsky’s soaring vocal rendering on “Time To Say Goodbye,” and the stunning versatility of singer Sy Smith.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention Botti’s easygoing communication with his audience. Strolling the stage, offering occasional interchanges with his listeners, he added a quality of warm connectivity too rarely seen in jazz performances.
Read the full article here at The International Review of Music
BY MUSIC NEWS DESK
Blue Note Jazz Club, one of the world’s most iconic jazz and blues venues based in Greenwich Village, has announced world renowned trumpeter Chris Botti’s milestone 10th Annual Holiday Residency. The three-week engagement at the club will run Monday, December 15, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015, with two shows each evening (including Christmas Eve and New Years Eve performances).
Botti, described by The Wall Street Journal as “a December institution in the Big Apple,” has called the Blue Note his home every December since 2005. Over the years the residency has featured special impromptu musical guests, such as Sting and John Mayer (2011). Celebrities from all walks of the entertainment business have attended Botti’s Blue Note performances, ranging from Mary J Blige to Paul Haggis.
“Coming to the Blue Note for as many years as I’ve been is like coming home,” says Botti. “The best city, the best club, the greatest people.”
Reflecting on Botti’s ten-year run, Blue Note Entertainment Group President Steven Bensusan says, “Chris’ annual holiday residency has become one of the highlights of our venue’s story, with a prime focus on loyalty. This is an engagement that fans regularly look forward to and support each year. It’s also a testament to our relationship and history with Chris. He is truly part of the Blue Note family. We look forward to celebrating ten great years this December.”
Tickets for Botti’s upcoming 10th Annual Holiday Residency at Blue Note Jazz Club will be available for American Express Cardmembers during an exclusive presale window beginning Wednesday, July 23, 12:00PM EDT at www.bluenotejazz.com. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Wednesday, August 6, 12:00PM EDT at www.bluenotejazz.com.
Read the full article here at broadwayworld.com
By ERIC ALAN
Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the Willamette Valley with a performance at the Hult Center in Eugene on May 1st, not far from where he grew up in Corvallis. He speaks with Eric Alan about collaborating with Mark Knopfler and Frank Sinatra, and how growing up in Corvallis helped him as a young player.
Listen to the full interview here at klcc.org
NAPA VALLEY REGISTER
BY: L. PIERCE CARSON
Chris Botti really knows how to please a crowd.
From the opening number — which paid tribute to Miles Davis’ extended version of the second movement of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” from the “Sketches of Spain” album — to the rousing closer — Al Green’s hit, “Let’s Stay Together” — his two-hour-plus show at Napa’s Uptown Theater Saturday night was the tight, entertaining, quality show we’ve come to expect of this 50-year-old jazz trumpeter.
Botti can play hot, he can play smooth. On top of that, he’s a marvelous raconteur who digs what he does, especially interacting with audiences all around the world.
The affable bandleader told a sold-out house the other night that he and his musical posse had just celebrated 10 years on the road together, wherein an average of 300 days of each year are spent performing or traveling to the next gig.
Read the full article here at napavalleyregister.com
If you’re in the New York area, Zucchero is coming to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on April 23 at 8PM with special guests Sting, Chris Botti, Dolores O’Riordan (of the Cranberries), Fher (of Maná), Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Elisa, Jovanotti, Fiorella Mannoia, Andrea Griminelli and more!
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On Friday, October 4, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, opened its 2013-2014 concert season at Carnegie Hall with special guest Chris Botti. The internationally renowned jazz trumpeter joined The New York Pops to perform a new spin on classic standards and other favorites. Check out photos from inside the special event below!
Click here to see the entire photo gallery at broadwayworld.com