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Although he’s known as a smooth-jazz artist and a member of the Sting entourage, his greatest success has come from recent albums of (mostly) songbook standards.
Last year’s When I Fall in Love (Columbia), which featured fairly sophisticated interpretations, was certified gold by the RIAA.
(CBS News) On New Orleans' Super Bowl Sunday, Wynton Marsalis brings us an essay about his home town's signature dish, as much a cultural symbol of New Orleans as the bayou or jazz: New Orleans, the Crescent City.
It remains a fascinating place because of the diversity of its culture.
(An appearance on Oprah had something to do with it.) His recent follow-up, helpfully titled To Love Again, debuted in the Billboard Top 20.
The album features the London Session Orchestra and luminous arrangements by Gil Goldstein and Billy Childs.I guess I’m on here to meet someone who is open and honest and loves to laugh at my lame jokes.What I need is a great friend and an even better companion.That’s not all it features: To Love Again pairs Botti with some high-wattage duet partners, like Sting, neosoul crooner Jill Scott, just-plain-soul heroine Gladys Knight, Brazilian chanteuse Rosa Passos and leathery Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. I just have this incredible band, and it keeps evolving.But the trumpeter doesn’t cite Sinatra’s Duets as inspiration; he’s thinking more along the lines of Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess. The following conversation took place halfway through Botti’s weeklong run at the Blue Note Club. I’m so bummed; you would have loved the set last night. The Grammy nominations came out yesterday, and we had a total of seven nominations scattered amongst the band.The part of Nicola that has moved is her Europe and Asia management, which used to be with Elaine Armstrong of Emblem Artists. Nicola is a leading violinist of her generation and works with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors.