[JPL] Legends of Jazz on PBS

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Tue Apr 11 13:05:25 EDT 2006

Yep, I heard that, too.  Not being a tv viewer, I'd probably have asked 
who's Katie Couric, but no matter.
Perhaps more significant to those who go out to hear music was CB's 
stint as a regular member of Sting's band, and then invited by Sting to 
open for him with his own band on a recent tour.


On Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at 09:53  AM, EvE cOrneLiOus wrote:

> -------------------------------------------
> CB popularity also stems from the fact that he dated morning show host 
> Katie
> Couric for awhile and he was the music director for a talk show I 
> believe
> called, Caroline's, a couple of years ago. A little publicity goes a 
> long
> way.
> Eve
>> On Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at 08:47  AM, Peter Sokolowski wrote:
>>> And the controversial Chris Botti, recently crucified on the Trumpet
>>> Player's International Network listserv, played his tail off on "My
>>> Funny
>>> Valentine." Cat can play. I don't think he gets that hot or deep on 
>>> his
>>> records, but: cat can play. You try standing next to Clark and Roy,
>>> and THEN
>>> showing your stuff. He did well.
>> I'll concur.  I haven't seen the TV show yet, but I did see Chris 
>> Botti
>> at Jazz Alley in Seattle last week and he's a very good  trumpet
>> player.  He tossed off bop licks with aplomb and played with beautiful
>> tone on ballads, some of which he also dug in and swung.  He played a
>> nice mix of tunes from old standards to contemporary,was engaging on
>> stage and generous with introducing and showcasing his sidemen:   
>> Billy
>> Childs, Mark Whitfield, Billy Killson and a bass player (whose name I
>> didn't catch) who was new to me.  He seemed to have no need to be 
>> front
>> and center all the time and moved off to the side when others soloed.
>> A small point perhaps, but indicative of his respect for the guys in
>> his band.
>> I hadn't planned on attending, but Neal Sapper urged me to take it in,
>> pointing out Billy Kilson was on drums.  I suspected there was more to
>> Botti than the CDs revealed.  I was very pleasantly surprised and the
>> place was packed on a Wednesday night - he sold out two shows a night
>> for five nights.  I asked Carol Handley (mc from smooth jazz KWJZ)
>> "how'd he get so famous all of a sudden?  Has he been on Oprah or
>> People Mag?"   "Yes ... " she said, but she also pointed out he'd
>> played for a KWJZ summer concert here nine years ago and is no kid. 
>> (He
>> was mentored by Woody Shaw and George Coleman among others).
>> Jim Wilke
>> Jazz After Hours, PRI
>> www.jazzafterhours.org

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