Backstage with Chris Botti

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Chris Botti is the top selling American jazz instrumentalist. He has had phenomenal success as the ultimate crossover artist performing jazz, pops and classical. Botti is constantly exploring new sounds and searching out cutting-edge musicians to perform with. Touring the world with his remarkable band, he performs 250 plus concerts a year. Botti, without a doubt, is a musician’s musician. He untiringly strives on stage and off to bring the very best music to his fans by creating concerts that are interesting and varied.
This photo blog is from Botti’s concert in Charlotte, NC, and provides a glimpse of Chris Botti and his life as a professional musician.
Here is what one fan had to say about him, “Just one Botti concert and you will see what a passionate, talented, and hard-working artist he is! He respects his audience and those performing on stage with him, so nothing but the best will do. He is the whole package, and this keeps fans coming back time after time.”


An Evening with Chris Botti – Trumpet
Chris Botti’s Band:
Mark Whitfield – Guitar  •  Caroline Campbell – Violin  •  Lisa Fischer – Vocal  •  Billy Childs – Piano
Tim Lefebvre – Bass  •  Billy Kilson – Drums

Chris Botti warms up Botti warms up on stage at the dress rehearsal. He checks the sound system with the pick-up mic in his trumpet bell.
Chris Botti and Billy Childs
Botti tests the acoustics in the concert hall with pianist Billy Childs listening.
Billy Childs is part of Chris Botti’s outstanding band. Childs is an extraordinary jazz pianist/composer and a 3 time Grammy winner.
Mark Whitfield with Chris Botti's band
Mark Whitfield, jazz guitarist with Botti’s band, jams with the orchestra. Mark performs with Botti on approximately 100 concerts  a year.
 In 2005, Mark accepted an invitation to join the faculty as “Artist in Residence” at Boston’s Berklee College of Music
Chris Botti, Billy Kilson, and Tim Lefebvre
Band members Billy Kilson (drums) and Tim Lefebvre (bass) jam with Chris.
As one of jazz’s greatest drummers, Billy Kilson credits the book Stick Control with giving him superb command at the drums.
Bassist Tim Lefebvre, has performed with Botti since 2006.
violinist Caroline Campbell with Chris Botti's band
Band member Caroline Campbell warms up on stage. In the background, pianist Billy Childs chats with an orchestra musician.
Caroline has been nicknamed “the violinist to the stars”. She is a regular in the Los Angeles’ recording studios.
Chris lets loose on Emmanuel during rehearsal.
Botti backstage Botti rehearsal
(left) Chris chats with a cellist in the orchestra about innovative cello players on the international music scene.
(right) Chris consults with the sound technicians about the sound quality in the hall.
Botti set list Botti set list Botti’s set list for the evening performance.
Chris Botti and vocalist Lisa Fischer
Chris Botti and Lisa Fischer perform “Happy Birthday” for a lucky audience member. Botti is able to build a genuine bond with audiences by incorporating thoughtful gestures like this into every show.
Band member Lisa Fischer, of Rolling Stones renown, sings along. Later in the concert, she dazzled the audience with her 4 octave range in The Look of Love and Italia.
Botti with sound technicians
At intermission, backstage, Botti has a discussion with the sound crew. He unceasingly tries to improve the musical experience for his audience.
In the background Caroline Campbell chats with an orchestra musician.
Botti signs autographs Botti poses with orchestra musicians Botti takes time, during intermission, to sign autographs and pose for pictures with members of the orchestra.
Botti talks to audience For the final set of the show, Botti has the orchestra leave the stage and closes the concert with pure jazz improvisation joined by Billy Childs on the piano.
Botti ends concert with jazz improv
Botti ends concert with jazz improv

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