Grammy-nominated jazz instrumentalist Chris Botti is about halfway through a three week residence at New York City’s Blue Note jazz club, and will be performing two shows a night until Jan. 3, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve performances.
Botti’s stint at Blue Note began on Dec. 15 and runs every night through Jan. 3, with sets at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Accompanying the acclaimed trumpet player will be Billy Kilson on drums, Billy Childs on piano and keyboard, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and a bassist. Botti has fulfilled similar residences at the Blue Note in the past, boasting guest artists such as John Mayer and Sting.
This month Botti was nominated for three Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Long Form Music Video, both for Chris Botti In Boston (Sony), and Best Instrumental Arrangement for his duet with Lucia Micarelli.
An Oregon native, Botti was raised in Corvallis and spent two years of his childhood growing up in Italy. Botti’s mother is a classically trained pianist and part-time piano teacher, and as a child he began playing trumpet at the age of 9. After hearing a recording of Miles Davis’ My Funny Valentine, he realized the instrument was his key to “doing something meaningful with my life.”
Since the release of 2004’s When I Fall in Love (Sony), Botti has become one of the largest selling American jazz instrumentalists, and has worked with leading musicians such as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Sting, among others. Botti has also lent a hand to many compilations and soundtracks.
Botti has ongoing collaborations with Sting, who appeared on When I Fall In Love and 2005’s To Love Again (Columbia). The two first got together in 1999 when the trumpeter joined the pop legend’s band as a featured soloist on the “Brand New Day” tour, which lasted two years.
Doors open for the first set at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for most shows, and cost $65 for a table seat and $40 for a bar seat. A $5 food or beverage minimum is required. Reservations for table seats can be made on Blue Note Jazz Club or by calling (212) 475-8592. Tickets for the bar seats are sold at the club on a first come first serve basis. The Blue Note is located at 131 West 3rd Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village.