Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti Set to Tour with Legendary Saxophonist David Sanborn

Botti/Sanborn Tour Band Comprised of Fellow Grammy Winners


Best-selling jazz trumpeter Chris Botti -- whose "What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life?" has just won a Grammy Award -- will join forces with the legendary multiple Grammy-winning jazz fusion saxophonist David Sanborn for a run of very special tour dates beginning February 15 at the Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa (see itinerary following).

Botti and Sanborn will be accompanied by a powerhouse backing band featuring fellow Grammy-winners Billy Childs on piano and drummer Billy Kilson. Bassist James Genus will perform on the ensemble's February dates with Kenny Davis coming on-board to play bass during the March leg of the tour.

Billy Childs won two Grammys this past week: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), along with Gil Goldstein and Heitor Pereira, for his work on "What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life?" from Chris Botti's #1 Jazz album, "To Love Again" and Best Instrumental Composition for "Into The Light" from the Billy Childs Ensemble album, "Lyric."

Drummer Billy Kilson, who first worked with Botti on 2004's best-selling "When I Fall In Love" album, may be heard drumming on the Dave Holland Big Band's "Overtime," which won this year's Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Grammy.

Botti won his first Grammy recognition for his role as producer on the 1994 Brecker Brothers release, "Out of the Loop," which picked up that year's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums award.

The versatile David Sanborn has won a total of six Grammy Awards -- in categories including Jazz, Pop, and R&B -- over the course of his remarkably diverse musical career.

During the course of the tour, Chris Botti will be dropping by PBS affiliates across the country to promote his Pledge Drive Special, "CHRIS BOTTI LIVE with Orchestra & Special Guests," set to premiere during the March Pledge Week (check your local listings).

"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 February - March Tour Dates

  Wednesday, February 15, 2006  Des Moines IA  Civic Center w/David Sanborn

  Thursday, February 16, 2006  Omaha NE  Orpheum Theatre w/David Sanborn

  Friday, February 17, 2006  Dallas TX  "SAVOR DALLAS" FEST w/David Sanborn

  Saturday, February 18, 2006  Kansas MO  Beaumont Club w/David Sanborn

  Sunday, February 19, 2006  Muncie IN  Emens Auditorium w/David Sanborn

  Monday, February 20, 2006  Harrisburg PA  Whitaker Theatre w/David Sanborn

  Tuesday, February 21, 2006  Harrisburg PA  Whitaker Theatre w/David

  Wednesday, February 22, 2006  Cleveland OH  Playhouse on the Square
   w/David Sanborn

  Thursday, February 23, 2006  Washington DC  Warner Theatre w/David Sanborn

  Friday, February 24, 2006  Glenside PA  Keswick Theatre  w/David Sanborn

  Saturday, February 25, 2006  Baltimore MD  Lyric Opera House  w/David

  Sunday, February 26, 2006  Waterbury CT  Palace Theatre w/David Sanborn

  Monday, February 27, 2006  Decatur AL  Princess Theatre

  Friday, March 03, 2006  St. Louis MO  Touhill PAC

  Wednesday, March 08, 2006  Beaver Creek CO  The Vilar Center

  Thursday, March 09, 2006  Colorado Springs CO  Pike's Peak Center

  Friday, March 10, 2006  Sioux Falls SD  Washington Pavilion

  Saturday, March 11, 2006  Minneapolis MN  State Theatre

  Wednesday, March 22, 2006  Redding CA  Redding Convention Center w/David

  Thursday, March 23, 2006  Sacramento CA  Radisson Hotel Ballroom w/David

  Friday, March 24, 2006  San Francisco CA  Masonic Hall w/David Sanborn

  Saturday, March 25, 2006  Fresno CA  Saroyan Theatre  w/David Sanborn

  Sunday, March 26, 2006  San Diego CA  Spreckles Theatre w/David Sanborn

  Tuesday, March 28, 2006  Sahuarita AZ  Desert Diamond Casino w/David

  Wednesday, March 29, 2006  Palm Desert CA  McCallum Theatre

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