Sunday, October 22, 2023

Chris Botti on "First Look" with Don Was of Blue Note Records

October 20, 2023One of the most popular instrumentalists in the world, Chris Botti makes a fresh start on his Blue Note Records debut Vol. 1 out today. Having successfully crossed over from jazz renown to pop stardom, the GRAMMY-winning trumpeter’s first album in more than a decade finds him crossing back with a small group project focused on acoustic jazz and classic standards. Vol. 1 is available now on Blue Note Store exclusive color vinyl, black vinyl, CD, and digital download.
Botti will be touring extensively across the U.S. this Fall include the return of his beloved Annual Holiday Residency at Blue Note New York, the storied Greenwich Village jazz club, where he’ll be performing two shows a night from December 11 to January 7. Visit for a full list of tour dates.
Vol. 1 is a beautiful ballads collection that presents stunning new renditions of favorite standards including “Old Folks,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Someday My Prince Will Come,” and “Blue In Green,” as well as a cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and the vocal feature “Paris” with John Splithoff. The album was produced by David Foster and features performances by violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and others.
“I turned 60 in 2022, at a time that seemed like a restart for so many things in the world,” Botti says. “I wanted to strip away all the orchestral arrangements and focus more on my playing, the playing of my band, and these jazz classics that we always love playing on stage.”
While Botti could boast of the major names with whom he’s shared stages, this project allows him to share his enthusiasm for the jazz greats past and present that excite him from Miles Davis to Keith Jarrett to Pat Metheny to Brad Mehldau. He points to landmark albums like Davis’ Kind of BlueJohn Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, or Metheny’s duo outing with Charlie Haden Beyond the Missouri Sky as models for the kind of sophisticated mood music he set out to make.
Not that Vol. 1 is a complete about-face – longtime fans will immediately recognize Botti’s glowing tone and regal melodicism, as well as his flair for investing the narrative of a song with high drama and vibrant emotion. “There’s a cinematic quality that I like to hear in music, and that I’ve found that audiences really love,” he says. “The essence of that remains on this album. It’s paramount to me that there is incredible beauty and elegance to all of the performances.”
Tour Dates:
10/20-21/2023 - Phoenix, AZ - Musical Instrument Museum 
10/22/2023 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
10/27-29/2023 - Minneapolis, MN - Chris Botti - Dakota, Minneapolis
11/03/2023 - Greensboro, NC - UNC Greensboro
12/01/2023 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur
12/08/2023 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
12/09/2023 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
12/11/2023 - 01/07/2024 - New York, NY - Blue Note Jazz Club
01/09-14/2024 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ Center
01/17-21/2024 - Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley
02/07/2024 - Naples, FL - Artis—Naples
02/08-15/2024 - Botti at Sea cruise
02/16/2024 - Miami, FL - James L. Knight Center
02/17/2024 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
02/18/2024 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
02/20/2024 - Ocala, FL - Reilly Arts Center
02/21/2024 - Orlando, FL - Steinmetz Hall
02/22/2024 - Fort Pierce, FL - Sunrise Theatre
02/23/2024 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
02/24/2024 - Charlotte, NC - Knight Theater
03/21/2024 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
03/22-23/2024 - Palm Desert, CA - McCallum Theatre
03/24/2024 - Bakersfield, CA - Fox Theater
04/11/2024 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
04/13/2024 - Costa Mesa, CA - Segerstrom Center for the Arts
05/14/2024 - Vienna, Austria - Wiener Konzerthaus
06/28/2024 - Walnut Creek, CA - Lesher Center for the Arts
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