Renowned Trumpeter Chris Botti Strides Across Genres

Trumpet player Chris Botti performs with the Seattle Symphony on September 29, 30 and October 1.

By Andrew Stiefel

For the globetrotting Chris Botti, home is a suitcase and his trumpet a constant companion. On September 29 Botti lands at Benaroya Hall to bring his dizzying blend of music to the Seattle Symphony. With four No. 1 jazz albums and a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album, Botti has established a reputation as a versatile musician who moves easily through pop, jazz and even classical music as easily as changing into one of the six suits that travel everywhere with him.

“Mixing genres makes the show interesting to me, to switch it up like that,” says Botti. “And ultimately, it’s very fun and exciting for the audience as well.”

Botti has made a career by challenging himself to learn from outstanding artists. Following early stints with legends like Sting and Paul Simon, Botti has played with everyone from John Mayer and Josh Groban to Yo-Yo Ma. Today he travels with a handpicked band of musicians.

“I feel lucky to travel with an all-star band,” says Botti. “Every one of these musicians are celebrated as solo artists and whether it’s piano, bass, drums, guitar, vocals or violin they are playing at the highest point of artistry on their instrument.”

Renowned for the smooth, warm sound of his playing, Botti’s concerts with the Seattle Symphony will move through Italian opera, pause briefly for some jazz standards and conclude with rock classics. Many of the arrangements are by Botti himself. But what sets Botti apart is his contagious joy for the musicians in his band. As front man for the ensemble, he frequently cedes the stage to feature them as soloists.

“I’ve made variety a big focal point in my career and by surrounding myself with all the musicians I just mentioned earlier, it enables me to do that with conviction,” says Botti. “There’s no faking it in our band and I have no doubt you’ll be seeing one of the best touring bands around.”

A native of Oregon, Botti says that the Pacific Northwest is the place where enthusiasm for his music feels the strongest. “I feel like Seattle is a bit of a home for me,” says Botti. “I’ve been there many, many times and the Seattle Symphony is just incredible. We’re so looking forward to coming back and making music with them.”

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear Chris Botti with the Seattle Symphony on September 29, 30 and October 1!


Posted on September 22, 2017