Esplanade Presents

Music

Chris Botti

(USA)

12 Mar 2024, Tue, 8pm

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Theatre

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Synopsis

“...as with all of his playing on Vol. 1, Botti builds upon his influences, transforming each song with an elegance and warmth that is singularly his own.”
– Matt Collar, All Music 

 

GRAMMY award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti needs no introduction. Initially trained in post-bop improvisation and classical technique, the trumpeter and composer’s lyrical sound is a sophisticated blend of jazz and pop—one that led him to become one of his generation’s most successful crossover artists. Over his decades-long career, he has collaborated and performed with the likes of Sting, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and numerous other acclaimed artists, performed in prestigious venues around the world and released numerous chart-topping albums such as When I Fall In Love (2004) and Impressions (2012). 

 

With his latest record, 2023’s Vol. 1, one could say that Botti returned to his roots. Released through American jazz institution Blue Note Records and produced by the legendary David Foster, the album is focused on acoustic jazz and classic standards, with beloved favourites like Danny Boy and Time On My Hands rendered through Botti’s glowing tone and melodicism. Taking inspiration from greats past and present like Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, the album represents Botti’s continued enthusiasm and deep love for jazz, one that he shares with audiences around the world, both on record and on stage. 

 

Having last performed at the Esplanade Concert Hall in 2018, Botti returns to Singapore to fill the Esplanade Theatre with his clarion yet expressive sound, accompanied by his long-time backing band. 

 

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

Chris Botti

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Born in 1962, Chris Botti was introduced to music by his mother, who was a musician herself trained in classical piano. He started playing the trumpet at age nine, and eventually enrolled at the prestigious Indiana University music programme later as a young adult, working with jazz educator David Baker and trumpeter Bill Adam. In his time there, he won two National Endowment of the Arts Grants, which he used to study privately with trumpeter Woody Shaw and saxophonist George Coleman. He left college early in his senior year, touring with Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra before relocating to New York City. He worked with a number of artists in the next few years, notably Paul Simon as well as others such as Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin and the Brecker Brothers.  

 

As a leader, Botti made his solo debut in 1995 with First Wish, which combined the sounds of contemporary pop-jazz with the textures of art rock. He scored the film Caught in 1996, then released two more albums in the next few years. His work caught the attention of Sting, who invited Botti to tour with him as a featured soloist. Botti’s time with Sting allowed him to refine his style and sound, resulting in three successive albums: Night Sessions (2001), December (2002) and A Thousand Kisses Deep (2002), which all ascended high on Billboard’s jazz charts.  

 

The trumpeter’s true breakthrough came in 2004 with When I Fall in Love, an album that embraced a more traditional orchestral jazz style with vocal features from Sting and Paula Cole. The record hit number one on the jazz charts and was his first Top 40 entry. A year later, he again topped the jazz charts and reached number 18 on the Billboard 200 with To Love Again: The Duets, an album which again featured Paula Cole, alongside Jill Scott and Michael Bublé. These albums were followed by the opera influenced Italia (2007) and Live in Boston (2009). In 2012, he released the melodic Impressions, which saw Botti collaborating with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, guitarist Mark Knopfler, country singer Vince Gill, music legend David Foster, among many others. The album received critical acclaim and was awarded the GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Pop Album. For much of the next decade, Botti toured heavily in his home country and around the world, only returning to the studio in 2023 for his 11th studio album, Vol 1.  

 

Date & Time

12 Mar 2024, Tue

8pm

Esplanade Theatre
Tickets & Prices
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