'CHRIS BOTTI LIVE With Orchestra & Special Guests' Set to Premiere During March PBS Pledge Week

Critically-Acclaimed Concerts, Filmed December 1 & 2 at Historic Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles, Feature Guest Artists Sting, Gladys Knight, Paul Buchanan, Jill Scott, Rene Olstead, Burt Bacharach & Paula Cole


The critically-acclaimed Grammy- nominated trumpeter Chris Botti, whose recent albums To Love Again: The Duets (2005) and When I Fall In Love (2004) have raised the bar of excellence in the interpretation of pop jazz standards while creating a uniquely contemporary sound and style, stars in "CHRIS BOTTI LIVE with Orchestra & Special Guests," set to premiere during the March PBS Pledge Week (check your local listings).

"What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life?" the Chris Botti & Sting track from To Love Again: The Duets, is in the current running for the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Grammy while "In Our Time," the track featuring Botti on Burt Bacharach's At This Time album, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category.

"CHRIS BOTTI LIVE with Orchestra & Special Guests," shot December 1 and 2, 2005, over a Thursday-Friday run at LA's fabled Wilshire Theatre, inspired the Los Angeles Times Don Heckman to write, "It was apparent, from the first notes Chris Botti played at the Wilshire Theatre on Friday, that the sold-out house was in for a special evening...Botti's latest album, To Love Again -- as well as the previously released When I Fall In Love -- features extraordinary lineups of vocal guest artists. Six showed up for the concert -- Sting, Jill Scott, Paula Cole, Renee Olstead, Paul Buchanan and Gladys Knight -- along with Burt Bacharach ...despite the inevitable audience excitement generated by the appearance of such vocal headliners and despite the artists' diversity of interpretations, it was Botti's virtuosic trumpet work, his inventive melody-making, his engaging onstage presence and his powerful band ...that ruled the evening..."

A full concert version of "CHRIS BOTTI LIVE with Orchestra & Special Guests" is slated for DVD release in late March.

  CHRIS BOTTI LIVE with Orchestra & Special Guests setlist
  1  -- Someone to Watch Over Me
  2  -- What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?  (w/ Sting)
  3  -- 1000 Kisses Deep
  4  -- Lover Man (w/ Gladys Knight)
  5  -- My One and Only Love (w/ Paula Cole)
  6  -- Are You Lonesome Tonight? (w/ Paul Buchanan)
  7  -- When I Fall In Love
  8  -- Good Morning Heartache (w/ Jill Scott)
  9  -- The Look of Love (w/ Burt Bacharach & Paula Cole)
  10 -- My Funny Valentine  (w/ Sting)
  11 -- Cinema Paradiso
  12 -- Pennies From Heaven (w/ Rene Olstead)
  13 -- Why Not?

  Chris Botti Tour Dates
   01/19/06       Green Bay, WI           Meyer Theatre
   01/20/06       Cedarburg, WI           Cedarburg Performing Art Center
   01/21/06       Jasper, IN              Jasper Community Arts Center
   01/27/06       Prescott, AZ            Yavapai College Performing Hall
   01/28/06       Phoenix, AZ             Ikeda Theatre
   01/29/06       Seattle, WA             Moore Theatre
   02/02/06       Lebanon, NH             Lebanon Opera House
   02/03/06       Greenvale, NY           Tilles Center For The
                                           Performing Arts
   02/04/06       Palmetto Bay, FL        Palmetto Bay Village Center
   02/14/06       Detroit, MI             Detroit Symphony Orchestra
   02/15/06       Des Moines, IA          Civic Center Of Greater
                                           Des Moines, Theatre
   02/16/05       Omaha, NE               Orpheum Theatre
   02/17/06       Dallas, TX              "Savor Dallas Fest"
   02/18/06       Kansas City, MO         Beaumont Club
   02/21/06       Harrisburg, PA          Whitaker Center
   02/22/06       Cleveland, OH           Playhouse Square Center,
                                           Palace Theater
   02/23/06       Washington, DC          Warner Theater
   02/24/06       Glenside, PA            Keswick Theater
   02/25/06       Baltimore, MD           Lyric Opera House, Theatre
   02/26/06       Waterbury, CT           Palace Theatre
   02/27/06       Decatur, AL             Princess Theater (Date Change)
   03/03/06       St. Louis, MO           Touhill Pac
   03/08/06       Beaver Creek, CO        Vilar Center For The Arts
   03/09/06       Colorado Springs, CO    Pike's Peak Center
   03/10/06       Sioux Falls, SD         Washington Pavilion
   03/11/06       Minneapolis, MN         State Theatre
   03/22/06       Redding, CA             Redding Convention Center, Theatre
   03/23/06       Sacramento, PA          Radisson Hotel
   03/24/06       San Francisco, CA       Nob Hill Masonic Center,
                                           Exhibit Hall G Floor
   03/25/06       Fresno, CA              William Saroyan Theatre
   03/26/06       San Diego, CA           Spreckles Theatre
   03/28/06       Sahuarita, AZ           Diamond Desert Casino
   03/29/06       Palm Desert, CA         Bob Hope Cultural Center,
                                           McCallum Theatre
   03/30/06       Las Vegas, NV           The Orleans Hotel And Casino
   03/31/06       Las Vegas, NV           The Orleans Hotel And Casino
   04/01/06       Las Vegas, NV           The Orleans Hotel And Casino
   04/02/06       Las Vegas, NV           The Orleans Hotel And Casino
   04/05/06       Seattle, WA             Jazz Alley
   04/06/06       Seattle, WA             Jazz Alley
   04/07/06       Seattle, WA             Jazz Alley
   04/08/06       Seattle, WA             Jazz Alley
   04/09/06       Seattle, WA             Jazz Alley
   04/21/06       Bremerton, WA           Admiral Theatre
   04/22-24/06    Portland, OR            Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
   04/25/06       Salem, OR               Smith Auditorium
   04/26/06       Salt Lake City, UT      Kingsbury Auditorium
   04/28/06       Orange Cove, CA         Pacific Symphony
   04/29/06       Orange Cove, CA         Pacific Symphony
   05/05/06       Indianapolis, IN        Indianapolis Symphony --
                                           Anderson University
   05/06/06       Indianapolis, IN        Indianapolis Symphony --
                                           Anderson University
   05/07/06       Indianapolis, IN        Indianapolis Symphony --
                                           Anderson University
   05/10-14/06    Uncasville, CT          Mohegan Sun Casino

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