Chris Botti
Chris Botti
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.
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A Word With: Chris Botti Plays His Trumpet, but No Holiday Music
NYTimes - 2 months
Mr. Botti discusses his return engagement at the Blue Note, high-profile guests and why he’s “a little bit bah-humbug” about seasonal songs.
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Mega Jazz Action Coming To New York This Fall
Huffington Post - 6 months
By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc's Senior Editor, September 8, 2016 After a summer's worth of primo jazz festivals spread all over the city of New York and throughout North America and Europe, you'd think that the end of August would signal the shuttering of 2016's jazz celebrations. Think again. The party was really just getting started as the two most important jazz festivals in the world launch in September. First, there was the Detroit International Jazz Festival (on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5). It's in its 37th year and prides itself in being the world's largest free jazz fest, featuring top-tier artists as well as talented Detroiters performing on four major downtown outdoor stages and in a nightly jam session at the Detroit Marriot's indoor Renaissance Center. Then a couple of weeks later the Monterey Jazz Festival--a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean (the smell of salt in the air as well as oftentimes chilly fog-driven temps)--stages its three-day jazz-and-beyond bash o ...
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Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus the Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Conversation with Robert Trujillo Mike Ragogna: Robert, was your first big musical inspiration Jaco Pastorius? Robert Trujillo: Yeah. I'm always pulling and really feeding off of my inspirations, I think most musicians do. But I try to incorporate a lot of that influence in what I do. So Jaco was definitely a huge inspiration back in 1979 when I saw him for the first time. It really did change my life and set me on an interesting creative path. Definitely. MR: When did you first see him perform live? RT: I saw him with Weather Report. I had started hearing about him in the late seventies and then in 1979 they came through town. They were playing at the Santa Monica civic auditorium, that was our local concert venue at the time. The great thing about Santa Monica civic auditorium was it was a place you could ride your bike to. In this case my dad dropped me and my friends off and we'd go see Ronnie James Dio or Jean-Luc Ponty or Weather Report or the Pretenders. There wa ...
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Return to 'Paradiso'
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Have you ever had your heart broken? Has a lover left you abandoned, adrift, forsaken? I was reminded of my own broken heart when I watched, for the second time and after many years, the 1988 Oscar-winning film Cinema Paradiso. The first time, I watched it as a moviegoer. This time, I watched it as a student, for a course I'm taking called "Quests for Wisdom: Religious, Moral and Aesthetic Experiences in the Art of Living" here at Harvard. When I watched the film years ago, I found it heartbreakingly beautiful. The theme song, composed by Ennio Morricone, is the sound of tears falling. On my iPhone I have recordings of Josh Groban singing it and Chris Botti playing it. But what could be better than the famed composer himself conducting? The second time around, I still found it heartbreakingly beautiful. In the opening of the film, a middle-aged man arrives home to his palatial apartment in Rome very late, with apologies for waking his girlfriend. She tells him his ...
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SF Symphony's Thomas gives up break to aid Philly
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas was planning to chill this week at his Miami home before flying to London next week to conduct concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. In a situation such as this, we always look for the best possible replacement, starting with conductors that know our orchestra and are the best for the repertoire and the soloist. [...] back at Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Symphony plays this week with guest conductors Steven Reineke, who leads the orchestra as it accompanies jazz trumpeter Chris Botti on Wednesday and Thursday, and Sarah Hicks, who conducts the score to "Singin' in the Rain" Friday and Saturday nights as the Gene Kelly classic screens overhead.
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Andrea Bocelli Releases Spanish-Language Album 'Amor En Portofino' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
International superstar Andrea Bocelli is back with a newly released Spanish-language album “Amor en Portofino.” The CD/DVD takes us through his performance in Portofino, Italy, which took place in August 2012. The performance includes classic hits along with hits from his latest album “Passione.” With the help of David Foster and an orchestra made up of 40 people, Bocelli captivated the audience in a beautiful concert singing romantic love songs while the sun went down. People enjoyed the authenticity of the performance while listening to one of the worlds greatest voices. The 55-year-old Italian tenor also had the help of many A-list superstars including Jennifer Lopez, Chris Botti, Kenny G, Caroline Campbell, Veronica Verti and Sandy. “Amor en Portofino” is Bocelli’s latest release after “Passione,” which topped the charts world wide, staying in the Billboard 200 chart for over two months. “If God could sing, He would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli,” stated Celine Dion. Loosin ...
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The "Greatest Star" Returns Home in Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn on Great Performances Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9 p.m. as Part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival
Yahoo News - over 3 years
The legendary singer is joined by Chris Botti, Il Volo, and son Jason Gould for two hours of hits, including nine songs she has never performed on a concert stage.NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I love people from Brooklyn. Because they're real. Down to earth. They tell it like it is." So Barbra Streisand informs an adoring audience at the opening of her heralded hometown return at the brand new 19,000-seat, billion-dollar Barclays Center. Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn airs on THIRTEEN's Great PerformancesFriday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ...
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Mary J. Blige: A Mary Christmas Album and Reflections of Past Treasures
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Over 20 years ago, Mary Jane Blige stepped into the music business with distinction. Armed with gritty soulful vocals, honey blonde hair, street edge swag and a new blending of R&B/Soul infused with hip hop, Mary created a new path in music history. The pain etched in her vocals quickly conjured up images of a young Aretha Franklin or Billie Holiday perhaps. Mary has been quite open with her personal struggles, an openness that's made many fans adore her body of work. One has to only listen to Mary's My Life album to understand why Mary has achieved legend status. Blige has reigned to music royalty status, leading her peers in a movement that has become the new sound of R&B. Each of Blige's studio albums offers an honest portrait of scenes from her life. A life that has had it's fair share of challenges such as past tumultuous relationships, overcoming drug and alcohol addiction, fighting off thieves and finding the right inner circle. Seventeen years ago, the autobiog ...
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Katie Couric: Love and Marriage
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Journalist and talk show host Katie Couric has happily confirmed her engagement to John Molner over the Labor Day weekend. She reports that she was "stunned" when the financier proposed but has made no secret of her excitement. The two began dating in the Spring of 2012. Katie, who lost her first husband Jay Monohan to colon cancer 15 years ago when he was just 42, was open about her hopes to remarry one day. She has had a handful of relationships over the years but never seemed to find "the one." She dated American businessman Tom Werner for four years starting in 2000, and had a one year romance with musician Chris Botti that ended amicably in 2005. Katie also dated Brooks Perlin, an entrepreneur, who was 17 years her junior. She and Perlin were together nearly five years but again decided things weren't meant to be. Katie told People magazine, "I knew that I wanted this... I made it a priority, and I pursued it with some purpose." She is a good example to anyone out there hopin ...
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Sacramento Live: Chris Botti’s not just a pretty face
The Sacramento Bee - over 3 years
Trumpeter Chris Botti may just appear to be a nice-looking guy toting a horn, but there’s more substance to his music than the slick pinup pictures imply. Chris Botti and his band play the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake in Sacramento on Saturday night.
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List Of Grammy Winners
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Winners at the 2013 Grammy Awards, courtesy of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: _ Album of the year: "Babel," Mumford & Sons. _ Record of the year: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra. _ Song of the year: "We Are Young," fun. _ New artist: fun. _ Pop solo performance: "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)," Adele. _ Pop vocal album: "Stronger," Kelly Clarkson. _ Rock performance: "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys. _ Urban contemporary album: "Channel Orange," Frank Ocean. _ Rap/sung collaboration: "No Church in the Wild," Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream. _ Country solo performance: "Blown Away," Carrie Underwood. _ Country album: "Uncaged," Zac Brown Band. _ Pop/duo group performance: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra. _ Traditional pop vocal album: "Kisses on the Bottom," Paul McCartney. _ Rap performance: "N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris," Jay-Z, Kanye West. _ Rap song: "N( ...
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55th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees!
US Magazine - about 4 years
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards have arrived. LL Cool J is hosting the show live at the Staples Center in L.A. on Sunday, Feb. 10.   Before the show kicks off, take a look back at this year's list of top nominees. Though 18-year-old pop phenom Justin Bieber was completely shut out when nominations were announced on Dec, many of his peers -- including Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepson, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Ocean and others -- fared much better. Check out the list of major nominees below and tell Us: Which artist do you want to see win? Album of the Year El Camino, The Black Keys Some Nights, fun. Babel, Mumford & Sons Channel Orange, Frank Ocean Blunderbuss, Jack White PHOTOS: What all the stars wore at the 2012 Grammys Record of the Year "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson "We Are Young," fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra "Thinkin' Bout You," Frank Ocean< "We Are Never Eve ...
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Chris Botti makes favorable Impressions'
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
Trumpeter Chris Botti's playing is more about generosity than virtuosity. The virtuosity is there, but the warmth and humility take center stage. Botti looks forward to returning to the Peace Center in Greenville, S.C., and seeing the familiar audience. "It's like going into a restaurant and being greeted genuinely by friends," Botti said. "You walk out there and the audience is loving it. You walk off the stage and you feel like getting up at 6 in the morning to get on a flight and come down here is all worth it." Over the years, Botti has played with iconic performers across genres, including Roger Daltrey, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon. Last spring, he released "Impressions," his 10th studio album as a band leader. The album includes guest performances by Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock and Mark Knopfler. " ‘Impressions' is basically 13 different ways to play a ballad," Botti said. "Impressions" includes interpretations of "Over the Rainbow, ...
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Frank Fitzpatrick: Why Music, Part 3: Music and Diplomacy
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"For every word intended to render us deaf to one another, there is always a lyric connecting ears and hearts across the continents in rhyme." -- Sarah Jones Judith was a beautiful 16-year-old Sudanese girl living in Portland, Maine who, as a younger child and in the arms of her pregnant mother, narrowly escaped the horrors of her war-torn homeland. I'll never forget that Sunday afternoon when Judith shared her dreams for a more peaceful world and sang for me as a proud member of Pichintu, a multicultural children's choir comprised of 35 teenage girls (mostly adopted orphans and refugees) from 17 different countries. I recorded the group as part of a campaign for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability to raise awareness of the effect of weapons of war and the growing handicapped population in the Middle East. Collaborating with one of the leading Arabic-speaking hip-hop artists, a highly educated and socially outspoken MC from Lebanon named Rayess Bek, we creat ...
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Liz Smith: Welcome Home, Barbra, in Every Way
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"QUIET PLEASE, There's a lady on the stage." That song was written as a poignant, posthumous tribute to Judy Garland, by her one-time son-in-law, Peter Allen. It was a rather mournful examination of life upon the wicked stage. And yet the title, at least, belongs to Miss Garland's heir as a pop goddess/cultural icon. Respect and attention must be paid when Barbra Streisand sweeps on stage in her various Donna Karan outfits (the black sequins, meh. The sweeping red gown, deliciously glam and nostalgic.) Barbra played two shows in Brooklyn last week on Thursday and Saturday; her "return to Brooklyn" at the big new Barclays Center. By now you may have read most of her glowing reviews. Streisand said she was suffering a slight cold when we saw her. She sipped chicken soup from her eternal onstage teacup. Whatever. We should all sound as good as Barbra, even if she had pneumonia and a high fever! From the opening song, "As If We Never Said Goodbye" to her final e ...
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Streisand wows 'em in Brooklyn concert
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Streisand wows 'em in Brooklyn concert Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:05 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2012 Barbra Streisand was full of Brooklyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with passion during a concert at the newly built Barclays Center. Thursday night's three-hour show was Streisand's return to her hometown, where she's also performing Saturday on her "Back to Brooklyn" tour. A video from "summer 1979" played on a large screen as people from Streisand's neighborhood talked about the singer, commenting on her talents, demeanor, family and even her nose. Streisand performed sitting and standing, with a small table next to her where flowers and a mug of chicken soup were placed (she said she woke up with a cold). The Barack Obama supporter said she taped Thursday night's vice presidential d ...
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Liz Smith: Liza, Aretha, Barbra! Three Icons -- at Their Very Best -- Headline a Splendid Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"OH, the stories, I have. But... they'll have to wait. They make me too sad. Maybe later, when it doesn't hurt too much." That was Liza Minnelli onstage at the Manhattan memorial for the late and very much lamented Marvin Hamlisch. SOMETIMES a memorial is just a memorial. Sometimes it is a joyful, bittersweet celebration of a life lived fully. And sometimes, it is art. The memorial tribute to composer Marvin Hamlisch earlier this week in the Jay Sharp Theater at NYC's Juilliard School was not just a memorial. It was joyful and bittersweet and it most certainly was art, in its highest form from a collection of the world's greatest pianists, cellists, violinists and singers. The evening began with Marvin's wife Terre, speaking eloquently, thanking Marvin's friends, urging the audience to contribute to one of her husband's great loves -- the Juilliard School. Her voice broke only once, toward the end, when Terre turned to the huge black and white portrait of Marvin t ...
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Streisand, Minnelli to sing at NY Marvin Hamlisch memorial
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Liza Minnelli will perform at a memorial for "A Chorus Line" composer Marvin Hamlisch in New York next week, his publicist announced on Thursday. Hamlisch, the award-winning composer of numerous hit records, musicals and movies, died unexpectedly in Los Angeles on August 6 at the age of 68. Violinist Itzhak Perlman, concert pianist Lang Lang, singer Michael Feinstein and trumpeter Chris Botti will also be performing at the September 18 memorial at New York's Juilliard School for the arts. ...
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Botti Taps Top Talent on 'Impressions'
Voice of America - over 4 years
Trumpeter Chris Botti, known for weaving pop and jazz melodies, has gained a solid reputation for being a fine classical musician.  His latest album, Impressions, features ballads supported by an array of top musical talent. Botti is a generous musician.  His guest lists have become legendary, and his new recording is no exception.  There’s a pleasant duet with guitarist Leonardo Amuedo on “Over The Rainbow".  His interpretation of Randy Newman’s “Losing You,” ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Botti
  • 2014
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Link to video of this performance Botti appeared in the Season 3 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episode "Don't Sing For Your Supper" as a dinner guest of Yolanda Hadid and David Foster. Botti plays a Martin Committee large-bore Handcraft trumpet made in 1939, and uses a No. 3 silver-plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926, having recently retired his 1920 3C Bach mouthpiece. He uses a Leblanc Vacchiano Harmon mute from the 1950s. The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States.
  • 2013
    Age 50
    In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, for the album Impressions.
    More Details Hide Details He was also nominated in 2008 for his album Italia and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album Chris Botti In Boston. Four of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart. Coming to prominence with the 2001 recording of his Night Sessions CD, Botti established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles together. He was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Corvallis, although he also spent two years of his childhood in Italy. His earliest musical influence was his mother, a classically trained pianist and part-time piano teacher. He started playing the trumpet at nine-years-old, and committed to the instrument at age 12 when he heard Miles Davis play "My Funny Valentine".
  • 2009
    Age 46
    By June 2009, Chris Botti had released 12 solo albums.
    More Details Hide Details His first few releases are often classified as smooth jazz, though critic Alex Henderson argues that Botti's music was a cut above much of the genre; reviewing his 1999 album, Slowing Down the World, Henderson writes "it would be a major mistake to lump it in with... outright elevator muzak... Botti is capable of a lot more." That same year as well as the following year, Botti appeared as a Pennington Great Performers series artist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Botti was the leader of the house band on the nationally syndicated daytime talk show The Caroline Rhea Show for its only season in 2002-2003. He was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2004. For several years, Botti also hosted a radio show called Chill with Chris Botti, that focused mainly on "chill" music, which is described as "smooth jazz with a touch of cool jazz." In 2007, saxophonist Mindi Abair took over hosting duties and the show, using the same format as before, is now called Chill with Mindi Abair. With the success of To Love Again, Botti hosted a special concert at the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles in December 2005 with many of the guest artists from the CD. It was recorded for airing on PBS in Spring 2006 as Chris Botti: Live with Orchestra and Special Guests, which also was released as a DVD.
    Early in 2009, Botti released his second CD/DVD PBS project, Chris Botti In Boston.
    More Details Hide Details Performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Botti shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, Josh Groban, Katharine McPhee, John Mayer, Sting, and others.
  • 2007
    Age 44
    Botti also performed the song with Bocelli during the 2007 edition of the Teatro del Silenzio, which was released on DVD titled Vivere Live in Tuscany in 2008.
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    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The CD and platinum-certified DVD included duets with Sting, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Jill Scott and Renee Olstead.
  • 2003
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When I Fall in Love followed in 2004, which featured a more traditional sound than its predecessor. To Love Again: The Duets, released in 2005, continued where the previous album left off with more lush orchestral jazz via the London Session Orchestra, this time showcasing guest vocalists — as well as a handful of instrumental tracks.
  • 2001
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed in 2002 by December, a holiday album, which included an original composition by Richard Marx. The project represented the only time Botti has performed vocals on two tracks.
  • 1999
    Age 36
    In 1999, Botti was invited to tour with Sting as a featured soloist in the Brand New Day tour.
    More Details Hide Details The two-year run culminated in All This Time, a CD/DVD-taping and webcast performance from Sting’s estate in Tuscany on September 11, 2001. Botti attributes his relationship with Sting as having changed the course of his career.
  • 1996
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 32
    Botti's solo debut, First Wish, was released in 1995; his second effort, Midnight Without You, which included a collaboration with Blue Nile vocalist Paul Buchanan, appeared in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details These were followed by Slowing Down The World in 1999, which included vocal contributions from Sting and Jonatha Brooke (also on the Midnight Without You release).
    The album won a 1995 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
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  • 1991
    Age 28
    On August 15, 1991, Botti performed with Paul Simon in New York’s Central Park as part of The Rhythm of the Saints tour.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was commercially released as the Concert in the Park CD. While on tour with Simon, he met saxophonist Michael Brecker, which led to Botti co-producing a track on the Brecker Brothers’ Out of the Loop titled "Evocations".
  • 1990
    Age 27
    In 1990, he began a decade long touring and recording relationship with Paul Simon which broadened his exposure to other singers.
    More Details Hide Details During that period, he also performed/recorded with Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Scritti Politti, Roger Daltrey and others.
  • 1985
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1981
    Age 18
    In 1981, he was selected as a member of McDonalds’ All American High School Jazz band which marked his first Carnegie Hall performance.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 17, he ended up at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, by convincing his high school to allow him to fulfill his remaining senior year credits there. Botti constructed the scenario so that he could also play at Portland clubs in the evening. Mount Hood's program was headed by Larry McVey, whose band had come to be a proving ground and regular stop for Stan Kenton and Mel Tormé when they were looking for new players. It was here Botti played alongside his friend, trombonist and future Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Todd Field. After graduating from high school, Botti studied under jazz educator David Baker and trumpet professor Bill Adam at the Indiana University School of Music. Botti was also the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts which allowed him to study with trumpeter Woody Shaw and saxophonist George Coleman during two consecutive summer breaks.
  • 1962
    Born on October 12, 1962.
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