|Chris Botti started playing the trumpet at 9 years old, and committed to the instrument at age 12 when he heard Miles Davis play "My Funny Valentine." After graduating from high school, Botti studied under jazz educator David Baker and trumpet professor Bill Adam at Indiana University.
He received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, which allowed him to study with trumpeter Woody Shaw and saxophonist George Coleman during two consecutive summer breaks.
Botti has a long career of working with jazz musicians, but also enjoys working with pop artists like Yo Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, Sting, John Mayer, Josh Groban. He was a member of Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, a more experimental, jazz fusion-oriented group.
Now a major artist in his own right, performing worldwide, selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.