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Meet the Man of Jazz
February 20, 2008 By P.M.     wersja polska »
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Trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, considered one of the last emissaries from the world of classical jazz, will play March 3 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

His latest album, Italia, was nominated for a Grammy 2008 award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. However, during the jubilee gala, which marked the competition's 50th anniversary, the prestigious award went to the Beastie Boys for their album The Mix-up. Still, Italia is among the most interesting works of contemporary instrumental music, while Botti is one of the most prominent figures of contemporary jazz.

So far, Botti has recorded several solo albums; the early ones are mostly classified as smooth jazz. He has also collaborated with the likes of Sting, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Paul Simon and Rod Stewart.

Miles Davis has been a role model for Botti. That is why his recent albums, with rich orchestral arrangements, are a return to classical jazz. The Italia album combines elements of Italian opera and Ennio Morricone's soundtracks "Deborah's Theme" (from Once Upon a Time in America) and "Gabriel's Oboe" (from The Mission). This is a reminder of Botti's Italian roots.

Botti is well known to Polish audiences. In 2005, he played two concerts on one night at the Fabryka Trzciny club/art center in Warsaw. A year later he was again invited to Poland: in July, he played in the Sowińskiego Park in Warsaw and also performed in Poznań.

This time, apart from the Warsaw concert, Botti will also play in the Culture Center in Bielsko-Biała March 3 and in the Pokład club in Gdynia March 5.

March 4, National Philharmonic, Warsaw, 8 p.m., tickets zl.100-200 available from Traffic Club, 25 Bracka St., www.shortcut.pl
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