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Chris Botti

Chris Botti (Portland, Oregon, October 12, 1962) is an American jazz and smooth jazz trumpeter and composer, whose albums have been nominated several times for the Grammy Awards,2 and who has achieved, with three of them , reaching #1 on the Billboard Top 200 jazz sales charts.

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Botti dropped out of college to go on a brief tour accompanying Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich. In 1985, he moved to New York, where he worked as a session musician.

In 1990, she began a long relationship of collaborations, on records and in concerts, with Paul Simon. At the same time, she also works with Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Scritti Politti, Roger Daltrey and other singers.

Between 1995 and 2000, she made a series of recordings for the Verve label, as a leader, including collaborations with artists such as Sting and The Brecker Brothers. In this period, he became part of the group ‘Bruford Levin Upper Extremities’, a jazz fusion band, and composed the soundtrack for ‘Caught’ (1996).

In 1999, he joined Sting’s band, to his ‘Brand New Day’ tour.

Bobby Colomby (founding drummer of Blood, Sweat & Tears), will put him in relationship with the Columbia Records company, also becoming its manager and producer, publishing the first album in the new company, in 2001. Three of his albums will obtain important sales, within the smooth jazz style.

In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, for the album Impressions.

He was also nominated in 2008 for his album Italia, and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album Chris Botti in Boston.

Four of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.

Coming to prominence with the 2001 recording of his Night Sessions album, Botti established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles together.

Botti plays a Martin Committee large-bore Handcraft trumpet made in 1939, and uses a No. 3 silver-plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926, having recently retired his 1920 3C Bach mouthpiece. He uses a Leblanc Vacchiano Harmon mute from the 1950s.

Before getting the Martin Handcraft Committee, Chris Botti played on a 1972 Calicchio S1 ML trumpet, originally sold in September 1972. Dominick Calicchio’s wife Irma Calicchio erased the original owner’s name and information and put in Chris Botti’s name as the official owner.

He later traded the Calicchio S1 for the 1939 Handcraft martin Committee.

Botti performed the United States’ national anthem in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for a crowd of over 80,000 and a worldwide television audience on November 3, 2014, prior to the Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants National Football League game.

Botti appeared in the Season 3 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episode “Don’t Sing For Your Supper” as a dinner guest of Yolanda Hadid and David Foster.



  • First Wish (1995)
  • Midnight Without You (1997)
  • Slowing Down the World (1999)

Columbia Records

  • Night Sessions (2001)
  • The Very Best of Chris Botti (2002)
  • December (2002)
  • A Thousand Kisses Deep (2003)
  • When I Fall in Love (2004)
  • To Love Again: The Duets (2005)
  • Live: With Orchestra and Special Guests (2006)
  • Italia (2007)
  • Chris Botti in Boston (2009)
  • This Is Chris Botti (2011)
  • Impression (2012)

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