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A very popular trumpeter, Chris Botti loves to caress the melodies of vintage standards and ballads. Born in Portland, Oregon in 1962, Botti started playing trumpet when he was 10. His mother, a classically trained piano teacher, was an early influence, as was his two-year stay in Italy. While in high school Botti gigged in Oregon including with bassist David Friesen. Botti attended Indiana University and after moving to New York, he had private lessons with Woody Shaw and George Coleman. Settling in New York in 1985, he worked in the studios as a session player and with pop and rock acts including Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Chaka Khan, Michael Bublé, Dave Koz, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Lorber, Rod Stewart, Burt Bacharach and others. Botti toured with Paul Simon during 1990-95 and with Sting in 2001, and was a member of the fusion group Bruford Levin Upper Extremities.

Since the mid-1990s, Chris Botti has mostly performed as a solo artist. While his initial solo recordings were in the vein of smooth or instrumental pop, his recent projects have generally found him emphasizing older ballads, bringing out the beauty of their melodies and displaying the influence of Miles Davis and Chet Baker. His sidemen have included Billy Childs and Gil Goldstein. With his long string of best-selling CDs (the most recent is Italia, a tribute to Italy and its legacy of passionate melodies), Chris Botti is the most famous pop trumpeter since Herb Alpert.

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Articles on Chris Botti

07/16/14    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Chris Botti to Hold Three-Week Holiday Residency at Blue Note

08/09/10    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

03/24/10    Franckling's JazzNotes    By Ken Franckling

Looking at Festivals at Newport & Saratoga

12/23/09    News    By Aubrey Everett

Chris Botti in Residence at NYC’s Blue Note

12/04/09    News    By Aubrey Everett

VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest Announces Lineup

03/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Montréal Jazz Festival Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

January/February 2008    News    By Don Heckman

20th Annual Thelonious Monk Competition: In Walked Brass

December 2007    Currents    By Brian Soergel

Italia
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07/10/07    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Diana Krall/Chris Botti

June 2007    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Oprah's Bop Club

May 2006    News    By Michael Kabran

Granny Grammys: The Old Guard Won Again

March 2006    Features    By Nate Chinen

Chris Botti: Kinds of Brood

January/February 2006    DVDs    By Brian Soergel

Overtime
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December 2005    Holiday CD Roundup    By Tad Hendrickson

Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays
Various Artists

December 2005    Albums    By Brian Soergel

To Love Again: The Duets
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December 2005    Albums    By Brian Soergel

To Love Again: The Duets
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December 2005    Holiday CD Roundup    By Tad Hendrickson

Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays
Various Artists

05/10/05    Concerts    By

St. Lucia Jazz Festival 2005

December 2004    Currents    By Lucy Tauss

When I Fall in Love
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December 2004    Currents    By Lucy Tauss

When I Fall in Love
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January/February 2004    Currents    By Lucy Tauss

A Thousand Kisses Deep
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December 2001    Currents    By Hilarie Grey

Night Sessions
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October 1999    Currents    By Hilarie Grey

Slowing Down the World
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October 1999    Currents    By Hilarie Grey

Slowing Down the World
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October 1997    Currents    By Hilarie Grey

Midnight Without You
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Albums

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Midnight Without You

Verve Forecast
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Slowing Down the World

GRP
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Night Sessions

Columbia Jazz

The Very Best of Chris Botti

GRP

December

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A Thousand Kisses Deep

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When I Fall in Love

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To Love Again: The Duets

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Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays

Epic/Legacy
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Italia

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