Pop-jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays in Sarasota

April 18, 2013 

People who don't listen closely to Chris Botti's music generally consider him to be a "smooth jazz" trumpeter. That's not wrong, but it's not entirely accurate.

Botti's music usually keeps one foot in the shallow water of smooth jazz, that most innocuous of music genres. But it's more complex, more stylistically diverse and more interesting than the sleepy background music that characterize the category.

It's probably more accurate to call him a pop musician, simply because it's a more encompassing description. He has, in fact, been nominated for Grammy Awards in pop categories, even while his albums top jazz charts. He's performed with jazz combos, pops orchestras and with people like Josh Groban and Sting, and he's recorded with Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock and Mark Knopfler. And, for what it's worth, "People" magazine named Botti, now 50, one of the 50 most beautiful people a few years back.

It's not likely that he's make you want to get up and dance in the aisles, but his combination of classical, jazz, pop and even Latin influences, combined with his tasteful takes on romantic melodies, ought to at least leave you feeling satisfied.

Details: 8 p.m. April 24, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $30-$65. Information: www.vanwezel.org, (941) 953-3368

-- Marty Clear

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