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Trumpet star Chris Botti and his band perform Ennio Morricone’s theme from his score for the film “Cinema Paradiso” during Botti’s concert on January 6, 2023 as part of the 2022-23 Season, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
“With his finely etched features and piercing green eyes, trumpeter Chris Botti combines matinee idol looks with the simmering lyricism of an expert balladeer” (The Mercury News). Botti, the world’s biggest-selling jazz instrumentalist, was never the same after hearing Miles Davis’ version of “My Funny Valentine” when he was 12. A trumpeter with a sumptuous, enveloping tone, fluent phrasing and sense of space, Botti became a masterly musician equally at home in the realms of jazz and pop.
He honed his craft performing and recording with stars like Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Sting, who featured him on his Brand New Day tour and who was one the stellar artists on Botti’s chart-topping 2009 album Live in Boston. Recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra, it also featured the versatile trumpeter improvising in the company of Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer and Steven Tyler. Botti’s 2012 CD Impressions, a ballad collection pairing him artists as various as Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler and Caroline Campbell, won the GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In concert, the melodious trumpeter is as likely to play the second movement of Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” – played so beautifully by Miles on Sketches of Spain – as he is Al Green’s grooving “Let’s Stay Together” or a leanly romantic “When I
Fall in Love.”
Chris Botti: trumpet
Sandy Cameron: violin
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown: tenor saxophone
Leonardo Amuedo: guitar
Holger Marjamaa: piano
Reggie Hamilton: bass
Lee Pearson: drums
Sy Smith: vocals
John Splithoff: vocals, guitar
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