Rochester, N.Y. – Chris Botti flew in from Australia, took a short breather, then hopped on another plane for Rochester.
“This is my third time playing this festival which is on a true ascent to be one of the great prestigious festivals in America,” he said.
In a two-hour concert in Eastman Theater, dring too many standing ovations to count, Botti and his band of award-winning musicians thrilled the audience time and time again. His music ranged from borrowed creations from Miles Davis' "Kinda Blue" to standards like "My Funny Valentine."
Botti performed in Kodak Hall Wednesday to a near sellout crowd playing with one goal in mind.
“Pleasing an audience is for sure number one,” he said. “And I want that audience to go and hopefully come see us not only when we’re in the neighborhood, but also New York City or a place like that.”
Botti trumpeted in the first Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival back in 2002.