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Botti once again called the Melody Tent “one of our favorite venues in the world to play,” and, while veteran concertgoers may smile and hear that compliment as business-as-usual baloney, I get the sense Botti means it, digging the intimacy this theater-in-the-round experience gives.and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album Chris Botti In Boston. He was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Corvallis, although he also spent two years of his childhood in Italy.In 1999, Botti was invited to tour with Sting as a featured soloist in the Brand New Day tour.The two-year run culminated in All This Time, a CD/DVD-taping and webcast performance from Sting’s estate in Tuscany on September 11, 2001.By Jim Sullivan / Contributing writer, Cape Cod Times HYANNIS — No musician wears quite as many hats — and wears them so well — as does the nattily attired jazz man Chris Botti.He is, at the least, a triple-threat: trumpeter, entertainer/raconteur and bandleader. “My job as bandleader,” said the 55-year-old Botti, early in his set at the Cape Cod Melody Tent Saturday, “is to put together a Rubik’s Cube of all-star musicians.” He’s done this for years and he’s doing again on this summer’s tour.Botti's solo debut, First Wish, was released in 1995; his second effort, Midnight Without You, which included a collaboration with Blue Nile vocalist Paul Buchanan, appeared in 1997.
Botti constructed the scenario so that he could also play at Portland clubs in the evening.
It’s his name on the marquee, but with his six musicians and three guest singers he’s comprised a band of equals.
And what Botti relishes most is sharing the spotlight, having musical conversations with his players, sparking off drummer Lee Pearson, violinist Caroline Campbell or pianist Elgar Djangirov.
On August 15, 1991, Botti performed with Paul Simon in New York's Central Park as part of The Rhythm of the Saints tour.
The performance was commercially released as the Concert in the Park CD.