Count Basie Chris Botti

Count Basie Theater Presents: Chris Botti

Count Basie Theater Presents: Chris Botti

Experience trumpet legend Chris Botti one of the world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience!

Trumpet legend Chris Botti is the world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist. With a sound that’s both cool and romantic and a style that’s modern but rooted in classic, Botti continues to win accolades for his uniquely expressive musical imagination. Borin in Oregon, Chris Botti was encouraged to pursue music by his mother, a concert pianist. He also had an early taste of the international world that would become his primary territory as a successful performing artist. Botti has earned praise for his ability to seamlessly fuse jazz with pop. He’s sold more than 3 million albums worldwide, and four of his CDs have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz chart.

In 1981, he was selected as a member of McDonald’s All American High School Jazz band which marked his first Carnegie Hall performance. At the age of 17, he ended up at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, by convincing his high school to allow him to fulfill his remaining senior year credits there. Botti constructed the scenario so that he could also play at Portland clubs in the evening. Mount Hood’s program was headed by Larry McVey, whose band had come to be a proving ground and regular stop for Stan Kenton and Mel Tormé when they were looking for new players. It was here Botti played alongside his friend, trombonist and future Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Todd Field.

After graduating from high school, Botti studied under jazz educator David Baker and trumpet professor Bill Adam at the Indiana University School of Music. Botti was also the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts which allowed him to study with trumpeter Woody Shaw and saxophonist George Coleman during two consecutive summer breaks.

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