Dumante Verdenoce "Du The Night" Series
Friday, March 5, 8 p.m.
The Brown Theatre on Broadway
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Here are excerpts from a recent interview with Botti, describing the growth of his performing career:
Asked about his journey from sideman to soloist to star performer, Botti says it wasn’t like one day he was an unknown and the next day a superstar. Rather, his career has been “a complete and steady ascent instead of the roller coaster that some artists have experienced with quick fame.”
The 47-year-old jazz balladeer says his individual success came later in life – in his late 30s – after he played in the bands of legendary singers such as Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Sting. Those gigs paved the way for him to share the stage with musical stalwarts such as Joni Mitchell, Yo-Yo- Ma, Josh Groban, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and many others.
But his own career’s big boost came when Sting elevated him to featured soloist on the famed singer’s “Brand New Day” tour.
Sting gets the entire nod for the trumpeter’s immense success. “He is the guy who gave me my career and, in many ways, has become family to me,” Botti says. “He believed in me as a solo artist and pushed me to the front eight years ago when I left his band.”
Botti, who attended Indiana University, says he is entirely dedicated to his instrument and adds most people would not sacrifice what it takes to get to where he’s today. What he means by that might be hard for many to grasp: He says he has no family, finds it hard to have any kind of decent long-term relationship as he tours, promotes and travels more than 300 days a year and truly lives for his craft.
“I live a completely bizarre life,” he says. “For nearly 10 years I’ve not had a home, or a car or anything in storage. I just own a suitcase, a carry-on bag and a trumpet.”
Read the entire article here.