Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall in Love, trumpet player Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop muisc, and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four number-one jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum, and Grammy Awards. His latest album, Impressions, won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Over the past three decades Mr. Botti has recorded and performed with Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and Frank Sinatra. Traveling for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with orchestras around the world and in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy. The Grammy-winning Impressions (Columbia Records) is the latest in a parade of albums — including When I Fall in Love (2004), To Love Again: The Duets (2005), Italia (2007), and the CD/DVD Chris Botti in Boston (2009) — that has established him as a clarion voice in the American contemporary music scene. Mr. Botti is joined on the disc by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, and David Foster. Chris Botti made his New York Philharmonic debut in Central Park as part of the September 2011 Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert; most recently he appeared as part of the December 2015 SINATRA: Voice for a Century gala, also led by Alan Gilbert.
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