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Pop jazz trumpeter Chris Botti comes to Miller

Sept. 23, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Trumpeter Chris Botti opens the 2006-07 season for Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium with an 8 p.m. concert Saturday, Sept. 30.

Botti is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer and a charismatic performer whose talent and musical style have made him a virtual genre-of-one in the realm of contemporary jazz, earning both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation. The Grammy-nominated performer has raised the bar of excellence in the interpretation of pop jazz standards while creating a uniquely contemporary sound and style.

Since the release of his 1995 debut solo album, "First Wish," Botti has built his reputation as a veteran of both contemporary and pop jazz with musical partners such as Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Sting, Paul Simon and film composer John Barry. Botti also struck gold with "Night Sessions," which peaked at number two on the Top Contemporary Jazz charts. The streak continued as his 2003 recording "A Thousand Kisses Deep" reached number 20 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart.

In 2004, Botti's "When I Fall in Love" owned number one on the Top Jazz sales chart for four weeks. Botti's latest album, "To Love Again," includes 13 newly recorded pop and jazz standards featuring nine stand-out vocal performances by some of the greatest singers in modern pop, jazz, and rock.

Tickets for the Chris Botti concert are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

Chris Botti at Miller Auditorium is sponsored by Coca-Cola and WGVU.

Media contact: Thomas Cooper, (269) 387-2245, thomas.cooper@wmich.edu

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