Trumpet virtuoso date rescheduled for tuesday at Vilar Center
Trumpeter Chris Botti, unable to perform on his originally scheduled date of March 8 at the Vilar Center for the Arts, will perform his unique style of jazz standards and thoughtful improvisations at the Beaver Creek theatre on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
As a key sideman for Paul Simon beginning in 1990, Chris Botti released his first solo album in 1995, and has since created a series of recordings that have made him a virtual genre-of-one in the realm of contemporary jazz. His latest release, To Love Again, features guest vocals by Sting, Paula Cole, Michael Buble, Gladys Knight, Renee Olstead and Steven Tyler, among others. Botti’s relationship with Sting dates back to 1999, when the trumpeter joined the pop legend’s band as a featured soloist on the Brand New Day Tour. That tour culminated in Tuscany, where the concert was taped on that fateful day of September 11, 2001. The concert “Sting in Tuscany: All This Time” aired as part of the A&E In Concert series and garnered six Emmy nominations. Botti later joined Sting on the road in 2004, as the opening act for Sting’s Sacred Love Tour. Chris Botti and Josh Groban co-headlined a nationwide tour in 2005.
Botti’s velvety tone and impeccable compositions have earned him a fan base of romantics. Keeping with that tradition, his last three albums are titled A Thousand Kisses Deep, When I Fall In Love and To Love Again. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, the track “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life” from Botti’s album To Love Again was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Chris Botti stars in his first PBS special, “Chris Botti Live” that aired as part of station’s national pledge drive in March 2006. The concert special features Botti performing with seven guest vocalists: Sting, Jill Scott, Paula Cole, Burt Bacharach, Renee Olstead, Paul Buchanan and Gladys Knight. Botti and friends are backed by a 35-piece orchestra and Botti’s renowned five-piece band as he performs, among other selections, an instrumental version of the jazz standard “Someone to Watch Over Me” and music from the film “Cinema Paradiso.” The special was recorded in December 2005 at the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles.Tickets to the live performance of Chris Botti at the Vilar Center are available by calling the Vilar Center Box Office at 845.TIXS (8497) or by visiting http://www.vilarcenter.org.
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