|Chris Botti - 10th Annual Holiday Residency
Blue Note Jazz Club is proud to present world renowned trumpeter Chris Botti's milestone, highly anticipated 10th Annual Holiday Residency - a three week engagement from mid-December through early January (including Christmas and New Year’s Eve).
Chris Botti - Trumpet
Billy Kilson - Drums
Richie Goods - Bass
Geoffrey Keezer - Piano
Andy Ezrin - Keyboards
Ben Butler - Guitar
Sy Smith - Vocals
George Komsky - Vocals
Serena McKinney - Violin
Botti, described by The Wall Street Journal as "a December institution in the Big Apple at the Blue Note,” has called the club his home every December since 2005.
Over the years the residency has featured special impromptu musical guests, such as Sting and John Mayer (2011). Celebrities from all walks of the entertainment business have attended Botti's Blue Note performances, ranging from Mary J Blige to Paul Haggis.
"Coming to the Blue Note for as many years as I've been is like coming home," says Botti. "The best city, the best club, the greatest people."
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD “When I Fall In Love,” 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 #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the GRAMMY® for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 55th GRAMMY® Awards. 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, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.
“Impressions,” Botti's 2012 Columbia Records and Grammy winning release, is the latest in a stellar 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 firmly established him as a clarion voice in the American contemporary music scene. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on the disc by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, and David Foster in a warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.
With “Impressions” and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.