Episode #24 — Chris Botti
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About Chris Botti
Chris Botti’s music career started early in his own home. His mother, a concert pianist, encouraged him at the age of 9 to start playing the trumpet. At 12, he heard Miles Davis play ‘My Funny Valentine’ which solidified his dedication to the trumpet and his musical vision.
After growing up in Corvallis, Oregon, Chris attended Indiana University where he studied with trumpet teacher William Adam and jazz educator David Baker. During two summer breaks, he received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts which allowed him to study with trumpeter Woody Shaw and saxophonist George Coleman.
At the end of his college career Chris decided to leave, going on tours with Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich. He moved to New York in 1985 and starting playing with artists which included Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Natalie Cole, and others. During this time, he made many creative connections that only furthered his musical career and vision.
After ten years playing and touring with various acts, Chris made his solo debut 1995 with First Wish. He has since released nine more studio albums and two live albums, involving many collaborations with classical, jazz, and pop musicians including Yo-yo Ma, John Mayer, and Andrea Bocelli. He continues to be an innovative and in demand musician, touring and working around the world.
Chris Botti Trumpet Links
- Chris Botti Official Website
- Chris Botti Official Facebook
- Chris Botti Official Twitter
- Chris Botti Official Wikipedia
- Chris Botti on Spotify
- William Adam Tribute Podcast featuring Chris Botti, Jerry Hey, Larry Hall, Robert Slack, and Charley Davis
A Note on Chris Botti’s Trumpet Grip
We’ve received many requests about the change in hand position Chris was talking about in the podcast. Here are some pictures that help show the change in hand position.
In discussing the left hand, Chris said he used to use a pistol grip with fingers above and below the the 3rd slide.
Chris briefly mentions that now he thinks about where to place the thumb on the right hand. Here’s the placement he demonstrated while he was talking:
Larry Hall & Jerry Hey Trumpet Routine
Trumpet Podcast Credits
- “When the Leaves Turn Brown” – composed and performed by Howie Shear
- Audio Engineer – Preston Shepard at SC Sound Labs
- Cover Art – Phil Jordan
Previous Trumpet Podcast Episodes:
- Episode #23: Bobby Burns Jr.
- Episode #22: Jerry Hey
- Episode #21: Mario Guarneri
- Episode #20: Bob Findley
- Episode #19: Eric Miyashiro
- Episode #18: Wayne Bergeron
- Episode #17: Charles Schlueter
- Episode #16: Roger Ingram
- Episode #15: William “Bill” Adam Tribute with Chris Botti, Charley Davis, Larry Hall, Jerry Hey, and Robert Slack
- Episode #14: Larry Hall
- Episode #13: Rick Baptist
- Episode #12: Gary Grant
- Episode #11: Roy Poper, 7 Trumpet Tips
- Episode #10: Dan Fornero, Not So Old School
- Episode #9: Rob Roy McGregor
- Episode #8: Tedd Waggoner
- Episode #7: Michael Cichowicz
- Episode #6: Harry Kim, Carroll Purviance
- Episode #5: David Bilger, The Canadian Brass
- Episode #4: Malcolm McNab
- Episode #3: John Clyman, Jay Daversa
- Episode #2: Bud Brisbois, Charley Davis
- Episode #1: 9 Trumpet Tips, John Audino, Paul Panichi