Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD “When I Fall in Love,” Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti has become a top-selling American instrumental artist. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, Botti has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. With this new special, Great Performances puts the spotlight on Botti and his band, capturing one of today’s leading jazz trumpeters at his peak. Great Performances: The Chris Botti Band In Concert premieres on Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, August 30 at 9 p.m.
Performing well-known hits “The Look of Love,” “The Very Thought of You,” “Cinema Paradiso” and “When I Fall in Love,” Botti is joined on stage by vocalists Sy Smith and Veronica Swift, violinist Caroline Campbell and organist Joey DeFrancesco, along with band members: pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Leonardo Amuedo, Reggie Hamilton on bass, keyboardist Rachel Eckroth and Lee Pearson on drums. Equally at home in all musical genres, Botti guides the audience through a seamless and unforgettable live concert experience.
Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Frank Sinatra. He’s had four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, earned multiple Gold and Platinum albums and his 2013 album “Impressions” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
“Cinema Paradiso” featuring Caroline Campbell
“When I Fall in Love”
“Emmanuel” featuring Caroline Campbell
“You Don’t Know What Love Is” featuring Joey DeFrancesco
“Blue in Green”
“Hallelujah” and “Venice” with Leonardo Amuedo
“For All We Know”
“The Very Thought of You” and “The Look of Love” featuring Sy Smith
“Embraceable You” featuring Veronica Swift
“Let’s Stay Together” featuring Sy Smith
Chris Botti returns to Providence for a concert at the The Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30 pm. If you make a contribution of $175 to Rhode Island PBS, you will receive two tickets to the concert as our thank you gift to you. In addition to receiving two tickets, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a Meet and Greet with Chris Botti.
Tune-in on Thursday, August 30 at 9:00 pm for details during Great Performances: The Chris Botti Band in Concert.