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jazz heartthrob Chris Botti headed to Beaver Creek

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado “-When I asked Chris Botti which town he lives in, the jazz musician announced he doesn’t have a permanent home.

“Everything I own right now is sitting on the floor of my hotel,” he said during a phone interview from Monterrey, Mexico.

Armed with his trumpet and little else, the 46-year-old Oregon native has been touring the world nonstop for the past five years. He boasts 10 jazz albums, including his 2007 hit “Italia,” and he regularly jams with celebrities like Sting, Steven Tyler and John Mayer. Botti performs Sunday with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

1. Vail Daily: What material will you perform in Beaver Creek?

Chris Botti: It will be a smattering of my last four of five albums. It will certainly feature a lot of the real beautiful stuff, which is maybe more of my signature sound, but my live shows are completely different from my records. There will be some flexing of the muscle a little bit, the musical muscle.

2. VD: Are you debuting any new music?

CB: We’re doing one brand new piece for sure, which is a duet with myself and (violinist) Lucia (Micarelli), on our new DVD. We have a new DVD coming out in March.

3. VD: Tell me about some of your upcoming projects.

CB: The new DVD in March is the real focus for the first half of the year. Going out all over the country promoting that DVD, which is live with the Boston Symphony, and joining us on that particular evening were some big-time heavyweights: Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Steven Tyler, John Mayer, Lucia Micarelli … it was such a great couple nights. … It was recorded Sept. 18 and 19 in Boston in Symphony Hall.

4. VD: Growing up, how did you know you wanted to be a jazz musician?

CB: I just sort of knew. I heard Miles Davis when I was maybe 12 and it resonated heavily. When I look back at my life, and look at my success, I really attribute most of my success to determination and discipline and drive. Those three things I have always had since I was a kid, so while my friends were out doing whatever, playing basketball or going on a summer vacation, I was practicing trumpet six, seven hours a day, and I was into it …

5. VD: You have been touring for five years. Any interesting stories from the road?

CB: I can tell you right now, I look out the window and have no idea where I am, and trying to figure that out, you always get in some sort of mischief. I really view that opportunity to walk out on stage whether you’re playing somewhere completely foreign, like Mexico today, or you’re playing somewhere posh like Beaver Creek, it makes it fun.

6. VD: People magazine listed you among the 50 most beautiful people of 2004. When you saw that issue, what went through your mind?

CB: I was in it again this year, too, and I didn’t know. A friend of mine called me and told me. It gives my friends the ability to tease me nonstop, so I have to deal with that for a few months. I’m not a 21-year-old actor and most of our world is built around pop stars and young kids, actors and stuff like that. So the fact that People magazine did that for a 40-plus jazz musician is really pretty cool.

7. What kind of trumpet do you play and why?

CB: 1939 Martin Committee, same kind Miles Davis played. It just really resonates with me. It’s a real match for what I do.

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

What: Jazz musician Chris Botti

When: Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Cost: $75 or $90, depending on seating

More information: 888-920-2787


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