You have to appreciate jazz trumpet player Chris Botti, the way 100 years ago you would appreciate high-quality vaudeville.
He told the close-to-sellout crowd Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall that he and his group play 300 shows a year. When you think about it, that gives them a tremendous amount of time to polish their shtick to a high gloss. It’s nonstop entertainment.
Botti blows into town every two or three years, so it is to his credit that he never gets boring. Saturday, he changed the mood constantly. As the first number, he and violinist Caroline Campbell took the spotlight for “Concerto de Aranjuez,” as featured by Miles Davis in “Sketches of Spain.” Both were extroverted and evocative. Botti, his toes inches from the edge of the stage, ended it on a long, dramatic, drawn-out note. Read More.