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Christopher Botti, 12 October 1962, Portland, Oregon, USA. Botti began playing trumpet at the age of 10 and within a few years was working professionally, mostly in the current pop music scene. He attended Indiana University, studying on David Bakers jazz course and with bass player Dave Friesen, and thus moving towards jazz. After graduation, he moved to New York City where he found work with several noted leaders, including George Coleman and Woody Shaw, studying with the latter. Mostly, though, he was active as a session musician, playing on numerous rock and soul recordings with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Angela Bofill, Gladys Knight, and Bob Dylan. From 1990 until mid-decade, he was a valued member of the band accompanying Paul Simon on his Born At The Right Time tour, and was also a member of saxophonist Bill Evans touring outfit, Push, appearing on the bands self-titled 1993 album.
On his own recording dates,...