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Trumpeter Chris Botti plays Ruth Eckerd Hall April 27.
CLEARWATER - Trumpeter and composer Chris Botti comes to Clearwater, Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m., to take the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road.
This PBS star will make his seventh appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall, mixing hot jazz with standards such as “Summertime” and “Over the Rainbow.”
A cluster of Grammy nominations and three No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Jazz Albums listings have made Botti the world’s largest-selling jazz instrumentalist, known for the signature velvet tone he brings to ballads.
“Impressions,” his most recent release, follows on the heels of “Chris Botti in Boston” and “Italia,” which was inspired by the romance of Italy.
Tickets priced at $70, $45 and $39 are available at the ticket office, by phone at 791-7400 or online at www.rutheckerdhall.com.
According to his bio posted at www.chrisbotti.com, Botti seemed destined to become a musician almost from the very beginning. Born in Portland, Ore., his mother, a concert pianist, encouraged him to pursue music. And he was drawn to his instrument at age 12, he heard Miles Davis play “My Funny Valentine.”
He attended Indiana University and studied with the highly regarded jazz educator David Baker, the great trumpet teacher Bill Adam, jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw and jazz saxophonist George Coleman, before moving to New York in the mid-‘80s.
He’s played with the Buddy Rich Big Band and Frank Sinatra to Natalie Cole and Joni Mitchell. Throughout the ‘90s and into the new century, Botti played extensively with Paul Simon, and had an especially creative association with Sting.
Those gigs – and those relationships – were, he says, powerful learning experiences.
“Watching artists like Sting and Paul and Joni Mitchell,” explains Botti, “how they get in and out of songs, how they introduce people, whether they would do this or that sort of thing, what they would say about one of their players. All that was a huge asset for me. I wouldn’t be the performer I am today without that background.”