Trumpeter Chris Botti expects to be on a plane or playing every day until April 10. His “home,” as he calls it, is in a New York hotel, and he hopes to drop an album in the summer.
This hectic schedule keeps Botti alive—physically, emotionally and professionally.
“I view this as a privilege,” he says. “When you’re writing on a piece of paper at 10 your grown-up dream and it actually comes true, there’s no room for complaining. Yes, I have to get up and get on a plane. The upside is so much more positive than anything I would ever have hoped for.”
The Grammy Award winner opens the 26th Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. Returning to the Valley is a happy occasion for Botti.
“I have a lot of friends there,” he says. “Over the years, I’ve played so many different venues there. I’m on the road so much that I kind of enjoy the process of going from city to city, meeting people and playing shows. We’re always looking forward to coming back.”
Botti calls his musical journey a “13-year tour”—one that garnered him a Grammy Award. He says it’s flattering to have won the prize for his album “Impressions,” but it’s not why he works as a musician.
“It’s a nice little conversation piece,” he says. “A musician’s real Grammy Award is when we go to Scottsdale or Los Angeles or Sydney, Australia; how long does it take for that promoter to have us back.
“Playing for an audience is really our Grammy Award, too. It’s that sense of accomplishing making the audience feel very, very satisfied and come back time and time again. To a musician, everything is touring and the Grammy is a very nice thing to talk about.”
Chris Botti, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, 480.840.0457, azmusicfest.org, 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, $34-$64.