Ace trumpeter Botti bridges jazz and pop
Don't get too full on Thanksgiving Day, because this weekend's concerts are going to be a big treat! You're in store for one of the most amazing performances of the year, as contemporary jazz phenom Chris Botti appears onstage with the Honolulu Symphony Pops Friday and Saturday nights.
Performing with the Honolulu Symphony Pops:
In concert: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Place: Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets: $25 to $70
Call: 792-2000 or Ticketmaster, 877-750-4400
You couldn't possibly have missed this guy lately. He's made appearances on everything from the "Oprah Show" to the World Series. He is one of the hottest tickets in town, and we've got him for two nights at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
It's hard not to compare this hot, young trumpet player to another famous trumpeter, Chet Baker, but Chris is able to transcend musical boundaries -- traveling easily between pop and traditional jazz genres.
He is able to go from dark, brooding improvisation to more accessible melodies and dance grooves with flawless transitions. His unbelievable talent has given him the opportunity to play with artists such as Paul Simon, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant and countless others.
There is no doubt that Chris Botti has quickly become a household name. It's also hard not to notice his incredible good looks, which have catapulted him onto People Magazine's "Fifty Most Beautiful People" list. Talent and looks -- how lucky can one guy be?
Chris Botti has a new CD out this month, which he will be signing after the concerts , so don't miss your chance to get up close and personal with jazz's fastest-rising star.
As you might know, I was lucky enough to have a role in George Clooney's new, critically acclaimed film, "Good Night and Good Luck." Working with Clooney was the chance of a lifetime, and even better was the opportunity to orchestrate the music for the film. The music will be featured in the first half of the concert and will highlight the Symphony Pops orchestra at its finest. Come hear new arrangements for classics such as "When I Fall in Love," "One for My Baby" and "How High the Moon?"
We'LL be wrapping up the first half of the Pops season with our annual holiday extravaganza. Start your holidays with us and the Brothers Cazimero on Dec. 9 and 10. Due to the demand for tickets, we've added a third show Dec. 11, a special matinee that would be a perfect treat for the whole family, complete with traditional Hawaiian music and an old-fashioned sing-along.
We can't wait to see you at the hall!
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