Monday, February 13, 2006


Best-selling jazz trumpeter Chris Botti- whose What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life? has just won a Grammy Award, will join forces with the legendary multiple Grammy-winning jazz fusion saxophonist David Sanborn for a run of very special tour dates beginning February 15 at the Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa (see itinerary following). Botti and Sanborn will be accompanied by a powerhouse backing band featuring fellow Grammy-winners Billy Childs on piano and drummer Billy Kilson. Bassist James Genus will perform on the ensemble's February dates with Kenny Davis coming on-board to play bass during the March leg of the tour. Billy Childs won two Grammys this past week: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), along with Gil Goldstein and Hector Pereira, for his work on What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life? from Chris Botti's #1 Jazz album, To Love Again and Best Instrumental Composition for Into The Light from the Billy Childs Ensemble album, Lyric. Drummer Billy Kilson, who first worked with Botti on 2004's best-selling When I Fall In Love album, may be heard drumming on the Dave Holland Big Band's Overtime, which won this year's Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Grammy.

Botti won his first Grammy recognition for his role as producer on the 1994 Brecker Brothers release, Out of the Loop, which picked up that year's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums award. The versatile David Sanborn has won a total of six Grammy Awards – in categories including Jazz, Pop, and R&B -- over the course of his remarkably diverse musical career. During the course of the tour, Chris Botti will be dropping by PBS affiliates across the country to promote his Pledge Drive Special, "Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests," set to premiere during the March Pledge Week (check your local listings). "Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests," shot December 1 and 2, 2005, over a Thursday-Friday run at LA's fabled Wilshire Theatre, inspired the Los Angeles Times Don Heckman to write, "It was apparent, from the first notes Chris Botti played at the Wilshire Theatre on Friday, that the sold-out house was in for a special evening ... Botti's latest album, To Love Again – as well as the previously released When I Fall In Love – features extraordinary lineups of vocal guest artists. Six showed up for the concert - Sting, Jill Scott, Paula Cole, Renee Olstead, Paul Buchanan, Gladys Knight and Burt Bacharach . A full concert version of "Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests" is slated for DVD release in late March.

Chris Botti February - March Tour Dates:
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 Des Moines IA Civic Center w/David Sanborn
Thursday, February 16, 2006 Omaha NE Orpheum Theatre w/David Sanborn
Friday, February 17, 2006 Dallas TX "SAVOR DALLAS" FEST w/David Sanborn
Saturday, February 18, 2006 Kansas MO Beaumont Club w/David Sanborn
Sunday, February 19, 2006 Muncie IN Emens Auditorium w/David Sanborn
Monday, February 20, 2006 Harrisburg PA Whitaker Theatre w/David Sanborn
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 Harrisburg PA Whitaker Theatre w/David Sanborn
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Cleveland OH Playhouse on the Square w/David Sanborn
Thursday, February 23, 2006 Washington DC Warner Theatre w/David Sanborn
Friday, February 24, 2006 Glenside PA Keswick Theatre w/David Sanborn
Saturday, February 25, 2006 Baltimore MD Lyric Opera House w/David Sanborn
Sunday, February 26, 2006 Waterbury CT Palace Theatre w/David Sanborn
Monday, February 27, 2006 Decatur AL Princess Theatre
Friday, March 03, 2006 St. Louis MO Touhill PAC
Wednesday, March 08, 2006 Beaver Creek CO The Vilar Center
Thursday, March 09, 2006 Colorado Springs CO Pike's Peak Center
Friday, March 10, 2006 Sioux Falls SD Washington Pavilion
Saturday, March 11, 2006 Minneapolis MN State Theatre
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 Redding CA Redding Convention Center w/David Sanborn
Thursday, March 23, 2006 Sacramento CA Radisson Hotel Ballroom w/David Sanborn
Friday, March 24, 2006 San Francisco CA Masonic Hall w/David Sanborn
Saturday, March 25, 2006 Fresno CA Saroyan Theatre w/David Sanborn
Sunday, March 26, 2006 San Diego CA Spreckles Theatre w/David Sanborn
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 Sahuarita AZ Desert Diamond Casino w/David Sanborn
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 Palm Desert CA McCallum Theatre

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