Finding international success with his fourth studio album released in 2001, American composer and trumpeter, Chris Botti has come a long way in the music industry. Having three of his albums top the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, the artist has established himself as a versatile musician with the ability to seemingly blend the genres of jazz and pop. Botti’s latest record ‘Impressions’ (2012) is another addition to his hit collection of albums. It earned the musician a Grammy for ‘Best Pop Instrumental Album.’ Chris is now ready for a series of live performances as part of his music tour starting this fall. Chris Botti tickets are gaining demand as the fans are eager to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist.
Name: Chris Botti
Honors: 1 Grammy Award, 3 Grammy Nominations
Hit Albums: ‘Night Sessions,’ ‘Impressions’
A Musician in the Making
Born in Portland, Chris Botti was fond of music since childhood. He was further encouraged by his mother, also a concert pianist, to take up music as a career choice. His father used to teach English and Italian languages and travelled along the family to Italy many times when Chris was a child. Hence the artist was able to develop a taste for music of different regions and genres.
At the age of twelve, Chris happened to listen to Miles Davis’ track ‘My Funny Valentine.’ He instantly felt a connection with the rhythm and it is this song as quoted by the artist himself that persuaded him to become a full fledged trumpeter. The single proved to be the turning point in the life of the musician. Apart from Botti’s decision to take up trumpeting as a professional commitment, the number also played a role in developing his understanding of aesthetic balance which to a great extent also shaped his sensibilities as a composer.
Start of a Music Career
Chris quit his studies at Indiana University for touring events alongside big names like Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra. By 1985, he had relocated to New York City to pursue his career as a solo artist. Five years later, he began working in collaboration with the renowned musician, Paul Simon. This provided him the valuable exposure that paved his way to record and perform along such big names of the industry as Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler among several others. Having gained considerable experience and confidence both as a recording artist and as a live performer, Chris finally came up with his solo album ‘Fish Wish’ in 1995.
Hits and Achievements
Chris Botti has released a total of ten studio albums in his career. The first of these to gain international appreciation was ‘Night Sessions,’ (2001). It is also Botti’s first album to be released under the renowned label, Columbia Records. Apart from being an accomplished composer and trumpeter, Chris also brought forth his talents as a singer in his fifth record ‘December.’ The tracks carrying his vocals are ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘Perfect Day.’
Another one of the trumpeter’s prominent records is ‘Italia.’ This album too was released via Columbia Records. As the title of the album suggests, it reflects the influence of Italian roots on the artist’s music. The collection topped the Jazz Album charts and was eventually certified Platinum. With hits like ‘Summertime,’ ‘Over the Rainbow’ and ‘What A Wonderful World,’ produced through his tenth studio album, ‘Impressions,’ the trumpet master has achieved another milestone in his career. Just like previous performances, his current tour is expected to sell out venues across the country.