Chris Botti has kicked off his annual holiday run at the Blue Note in New York City and it’s a must-see. There’s a BIG reason why he has scored this slot for 11 years — because he is undoubtedly mesmerizing.
Each year, for the past 11 years, Chris Botti has called the Blue Note Jazz club, in New York City, his holiday home. He performs, with great ease and energy, (two shows per day) from December 11th until January 10th. On Dec. 20, I had the pleasure to attend his famous Manhattan show.
Last night I had the extraordinary pleasure of witnessing Chris Botti slay (with unrivaled jazz compositions, musicianship, and all-around charisma) a packed venue and it was everything and more. You would never know that Botti knocks out show after show, night after night, by his engaging personality and infectious interaction with the his band and the crowd.
There was even a time when Botti felt it necessary to welcome the use of cell-phone video (we all know how much people hate to see nothing but cell phones in the air during concert events, but hey! Don’t we all want to show off memorable moments every now and then?) as long as the “clips where he messed up weren’t posted to YouTube”. Hah!
Basically, if you are new to Chris Botti…the man just doesn’t mess up. Ever. And as if hearing Botti charm his 1939 Martin Committee wasn’t enough to entice the intimate crowd, the arrangement of musicians that make up his accompanying band are in a class as elite as the trumpeter himself.
Prepare to be treated to more solos than Ron Burgundy could ever shake a stick at (jazz flute anyone?). At the end of the night, it’s no wonder that Chris Botti has instituted himself as a New York City holiday tradition. He may be Grammy-Award winning, he may have played stints with Frank Sinatra, and he may even be known to bring in special guests from time to time (i.e. John Mayer, Sting), but at his core, he is a musician that truly, unconditionally loves his craft.
Chris Botti + NYC = a holiday season tradition!
The show will run until Jan. 10 at the Blue Note. For tickets, click here!
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