By Melissa Dundis
Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, Chris Botti is touring again and will be performing music from all of your favorite genres this Wednesday evening. From jazz to classical masterpieces and more, Botti talks about the experience you can expect from one of his live shows.
Botti: “It’s really something that I’m most proud of, the group and the way the we’ve set up our show to really feature, of course, great jazz musicians and great jazz music, but popular music, R&B, Rock n’ Roll and Classical as well so we carry two different singers and a fantastic concert violinist. So we’ve been able to go around the world, and play music and keep the focus on music rather than, I mean, popular music today is more about background dancing and computers, and stuff being taped. This is just really great musicians on stage.”
Chris Botti has gained some of the greatest musical opportunities that brought his career where it is today. He has performed and toured with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and talks about his relationship with English musician, Sting.
Botti: “I started my solo career in 1995, so it’s been twenty years now and in 1999 my opportunity to joins Sting’s group as a member of his group but with a solemn promise from that he would break the sound of my trumpet to the world. “Many of them”, his quote was, “are not jazz fans, but they will become your fan”. He has become one of my closest friends and that relationship to this day has opened so many doors for me and took my career from, just a guy who wants to make it as a solo career, to a guy that has incredible visibility and incredible opportunities to play. Yes, it has a lot to do with music but also where you place yourself along your journey, and meeting him and having that relationship that really clicked like that has done so much for my career.”
This Grammy Award-winning artists’ love and dedication to his music has never stopped.
Botti: “I’m sort of very, not content, but I’m really driven by the same sort of drive that I had when I was ten or twelve or fifteen years old, and that is to play my trumpet great. I feel very fortunate to travel the world with this great band and we can play anywhere in the world right now and that is very unusual, and so I just feel very fortunate to be able to do that.”
An Evening with Chris Botti presented by Omaha Performing Arts, is this Wednesday evening, the show Starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiewit Concert Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center. For tickets and more information visit omahaperformingarts.org.