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Chris Botti and His Band Brought Trumpet Jazz to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Nov. 16th

by DAWN RENO LANGLEY+ • November 17th, 2014 •

On a tour that has spanned 10 years and many countries, Chris Botti has performed with and for luminaries who are too numerous to count. On Nov. 16th, thousands of his closest friends packed the Durham Performing Arts Center on a misty Sunday night to be thrilled by his virtuosity; and all of them left completely wowed by the experience.

Read the full concert review here at triangleartsandentertainment.com

Musician equally moved by Reggie Wayne’s reaction to anthem


Were you as moved as Reggie Wayne during the playing of the national anthem before Monday night’s Colts game? Chris Botti, the musician behind it all, said he was equally surprised and pleased by the reaction to his performance.

Botti spoke with RTV6 Sports Director Dave Furst about his Hoosier ties.

He went to Indiana University in the early 80s before leaving his senior year to go on tour with Frank Sinatra. Since then, Botti has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, and won the best pop-instrumental album last year. Botti said Monday night’s performance ranks right up there, especially since it was the first time he had performed the anthem in eight years.

“While I was happy to be playing the anthem, it was great, but it was really the fact that it moved Reggie to that experience and also the whole situation with his career and on top of that, he had a great game. So it was a win-win-win,” Botti said.

Watch the full video here at theindychannel.com

Chris Botti’s national anthem brings NFL star to tears

By Breeanna Hare, CNN

(CNN) — Before the final whistle at Monday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants, trumpeter Chris Botti had already won.

The Grammy-winning musician was on the field at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to perform the national anthem for November 3’s “Monday Night Football.” No vocals, as we’ve become accustomed to — just Botti and his instrument.

What transpired was so affecting that it left viewers with chills and brought Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne to tears.

“I’m just blessed to be out there,” Wayne later told ESPN. His performance during Monday night’s game pushed Wayne to eighth

Read the full article here at CNN.com