Chris Botti

Born Oct 12, 1962

Christopher Stephen "Chris" Botti, is an American trumpeter and composer. In 2007, Botti was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album. On December 4, 2009, he was nominated for three more Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Three of his albums have reached the No.  1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.… Read More

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  • A Word With: Chris Botti Plays His Trumpet, But No Holiday Music
    NYTimes - Dec 21, 2016
  • Mega Jazz Action Coming To New York This Fall
    Huffington Post - Sep 08, 2016
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    Huffington Post - Jan 05, 2016
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Botti.


1962 Birth Born on October 12, 1962.


1981 18 Years Old In 1981, he was selected as a member of McDonalds’ All American High School Jazz band which marked his first Carnegie Hall performance. … Read More


1985 22 Years Old Botti left Indiana University during his senior year for short touring stints with Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich. In 1985, he moved to New York City to hone his craft as a studio musician.
1990 27 Years Old In 1990, he began a decade long touring and recording relationship with Paul Simon which broadened his exposure to other singers. … Read More
1991 28 Years Old On August 15, 1991, Botti performed with Paul Simon in New York’s Central Park as part of The Rhythm of the Saints tour. … Read More


1995 32 Years Old 1 More Event
The album won a 1995 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
1996 33 Years Old Botti was also a member of Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, a more experimental, jazz fusion-oriented group. He composed the score and recorded a soundtrack for the 1996 film Caught.
1999 36 Years Old In 1999, Botti was invited to tour with Sting as a featured soloist in the Brand New Day tour. … Read More
2001 38 Years Old Botti was introduced to Columbia by Bobby Colomby, drummer and founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, who went on to become his producer and manager. Botti’s first Columbia release was Night Sessions in 2001. … Read More


2003 40 Years Old A Thousand Kisses Deep, was released in 2003 and contained a group of originals and covers that accent Botti’s crossover appeal as both a jazz and pop musician. … Read More
2005 42 Years Old In May 2005, Botti was invited to perform at Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball weekend honoring her African American heroines. In 2006, Billy Childs, Gil Goldstein & Heitor Pereira won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (Chris Botti & Sting) from Botti's album To Love Again - The Duets. 2006 also marked his first PBS collaboration, Chris Botti Live: With Orchestra and Special Guests, released in early 2006. … Read More
2007 44 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 25, 2007, Botti released an album entitled Italia. The album places focus on Botti's Italian roots through such songs as "Ave Maria", "Venice", "Estate", and the title track "Italia", on which he partnered with Andrea Bocelli. In December 2007, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
2009 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Early in 2009, Botti released his second CD/DVD PBS project, Chris Botti In Boston. … Read More


2013 50 Years Old In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, for the album Impressions. … Read More
2014 51 Years Old Botti performed the United States' national anthem in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for a crowd of over 80,000 and a world-wide television audience on November 3, 2014, prior to the Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants National Football League game. … Read More
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