Chris Botti is a revisionist jazz artist with his contemporary mixture of trumpet work, traditional smooth jazz, and theatrics blending together to create a captivating experience.
A traditional Chris Botti setlist is rife with cover material to the point where he hardly classifies as covers. Because Botti has based his entire career around reimagining of songs from any genre under the sun, his setlist is interspersed with a reworking of both classic songs and obscure deep album cuts.
He covers new artists in R&B, pop, and dance and digs deep into history, bringing forward some jazz trumpet renditions of classic folk pop songs and straight blues. Both his richness of texture and interpretation of sounds from other genres make Chris Botti a leading artist of modern jazz fusion.
Chris Botti also mixes his setlists up often with different arrangements and choices. He may open with the love ballad “En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor” or the Jeri Southern pop ballad “When I Fall in Love.”
The rest of the setlist, though consistent, gets switched around often. Fan favorite “Indian Summer” by Tony Bennett appears on the majority of setlists either in the very beginning or towards the end. Its status as a big singing number keeps it as a core part of the set, and it works on either end.
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a stunning display of virtuosity, which is beautiful and extended out towards the end of the set as well. The artist will sometimes close with “Nessun Dorma,” which is an intriguing dive into the more experimental ends of Botti’s overall palette of sound, or the more upbeat and dance-oriented number “My Funny Valentine.”
En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor
When I Fall in Love
Prelude No. 20 in C Minor
You Are Not Alone
The Look of Love
The Very Thought of You
La Belle Dame Sans Regrets
My Funny Valentine
Does Chris Botti sing live?
His studio material rarely has any vocals, though every once in awhile a guest signer comes in and accentuates Botti’s trumpet work. In a live setting, Botti rarely, if ever, sings and will sometimes leave guest singers and background singers in place to flesh out the studio sound. With that said, Chris Botti is not much for talking to the audience; letting the music work for itself as he flows one song quietly into the next. When he does talk, he is introducing the other members of the band and acknowledging the triumphant work of orchestral direction. They have been present on a handful of live DVD releases from Chris Botti, as well as a major player in Botti’s Impressions album, released in 2012.
How long is a Chris Botti Concert?
Orchestra and jazz shows have a tendency to run longer compared to other popular genres of music. Chris Botti teeters on the line between a mainstream jazz artist and a rather smaller artist in the grand scheme of music. His shows are under the not-unheard-of three hour mark for a jazz artist, keeping the show at roughly two hours. His sound and set is padded out by huge orchestration that sometimes extends tracks beyond their studio version.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Chris Botti’s tour?
Presales are available through American Express’ presale ticketing service. Buyers need an American Express card as well as an account with TicketMaster.
Presale Password Info is an online directory that lists passwords (for a price) for a variety of shows and artists. Users need an account with TicketMaster to make the actual purchase, and the website is updated consistently with new passwords so they are often very credible.
Stay close to Chris Botti’s official Facebook page for presale passwords as well. Their announcement is usually tied to the specific venue that he is playing if the venue is accepting presales.
Who is Chris Botti’s publicist and press contact?
Chris Botti works with two major groups of management for press purposes. General inquiries are sent through The Colomby group to their general contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The firm is located in Santa Monica, California, and handles a lot of Botti’s business in the United States.
Publicity is directed to Dariel Abramowitz. He works under the larger umbrella known as Columbia Records, and arranges business through the record label as a representative. Contact Dariel at email@example.com.
For other contact information, visit the contact page of the official Chris Botti website.
“Botti announces the show from the stage and plays a dazzling array, love songs ranging from a soft and free spirited, light hearted “La Belle” sung in French by Sy Smith, seated; to what is popularly known as the theme from “Shrek”, the reverent “Hallelujah”; to West End high theatricality with “Time to Say Good Bye” for an encore.” – Cinday Warner of the Examiner
“There was the usual substantial contingent of twenty-something gorgeous young women lined up in the lobby of Vancouver’s Orpheum theatre to obtain Chris Botti’s autograph after his sold-out concert this week. Usual for Chris, that is, if not for the rarefied atmosphere of classical and jazz musicians. Chris is the exception that proves the rule, both for his astonishingly youthful and elegant appearance (he turns 50 this year) and his electrifyingly soulful performance of a genre created some decades ago by the likes of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Gil Evans.” – Brian Miller of Vivascene
“He has it all: a big, rich warm sound, dazzling technique (that he doesn’t overuse) and seemingly effortless range. His two-plus hour set Friday in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts began with a tune called “Venice,” from his album “Italia.” Following the original statement and development, Botti traded eight-measure ad lib phrases with the members of his five-piece band, leaving no doubt that he is plenty willing to share the spotlight with.” Alan Adamsspecial of the Las Vegas Review Journal
Chris Botti 2013
Tour Opening Acts: Sy Smith, Emma Steele, Caroline Campbell
Started April 12, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio | Ended November 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Chris Botti 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Sy Smith, Billy Kilson
Started February 16, 2012 in Grand Praire, Texas | Ended February 26, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Chris Botti 2011
Tour Opening Acts: Geoffrey Keezer, Lisa Fischer
Started April 12, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio | Ended November 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana