Trumpeter Chris Botti is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer who--since the release of his first solo album in 1995--has created a series of recordings which have made him a virtual genre-of-one in the realm of contemporary jazz while at the same time capturing the attention of the pop music world. Through his singular combination of lush atmospheres and thoughtful improvisations, Botti has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums including When I Fall In Love (2004, #1 Top Jazz Album, #37 Billboard Top 200), To Love Again: The Duets (2005, #1 Top Jazz Album, #18 Billboard Top 200), and Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests (2006, #2 Top Jazz Album).

Now, inspired by the sounds and atmosphere of Italy, Chris Botti has created a vibrant and sensual set of performances drawn from sources ranging from classical opera to the soundtracks of Ennio Morricone. Recorded in the United States, England, and Italy, Italia is a brilliant showcase for Botti's musical versatility as performer, composer and collaborator. The album includes the newly-composed title track featuring the passionate vocals of renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli as well as a new interpretation of "The Very Thought of You" with guest vocalist Paula Cole. In another of the album's duets, Botti adds his touch to a vocal performance originally recorded in 1957 by the "forever cool" Dean Martin on "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face," a song first written for My Fair Lady.

On Italia, Botti re-imagines two beloved compositions -- "Deborah's Theme" (from Once Upon A Time In America) and "Gabriel's Oboe" (from The Mission) -- by the venerated Italian composer Ennio Morricone, recent recipient of an Honorary Academy Award® "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music."

Among the many treasures of Italia, Chris Botti creates a breathtaking new rendition of "Nessun Dorma" ("Let no one sleep") from the final act of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot." The song entered popular consciousness in 1990, when it was adopted as the official theme of the Italia '90 World Cup.

Italia will be released on Tuesday, September 25.

Tour Dates:
19 Saratoga, CA Villa Montalvo
27 Evansville, IN Victory theater
28 Harrisburg, PA Sunoco Performance theater
29 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center
30 Cincinnati, OH Music Hall w/ Symphony

05 Buffalo, NY Kleinhans Music Hall w/ Symphony
06 Louisvlle, KY Kentucky Center for the Arts
07 Cincinnati, OH Music Hall w/ Symphony
13 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House
14 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC
17-21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
22-24 Annapolis, MD Ram's Head (2 Shows Per Night)
27 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall

02 Carmel, CA Sunset Center
03 Yountville, CA Lincoln Theater
14 Boise, ID Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
15 Lancaster, CA Lancaster PAC
16 Henderson, NV Green Valley Ranch Showroom
18 Palm Desert, CA McCallum theater
23-26 Boston, MA Scullers (2 Shows Nightly)

08 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theater
10-25 New York, NY The Blue Note (8pm + 10.30pm)
29 Effingham, IL Rosebud Theater
31 Omaha, NE Omaha PAC (w/Symphony)

03 Greenville, SC Peace Center
04 Melbourne, FL King Center
08 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the arts
09 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
11 Charleston, WV Clay Center for the arts
14-16 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
18 & 19 St Louis, MO Touhill Performing Arts center
22-27 San Francisco, CA Yoshis (2 Shows Nightly)
29-31 Oakland, CA Yoshis (2 Shows Nightly)

01-03 Oakland, CA Yoshis (2 Shows Nightly)
13 Greensboro, NC Carolina theater
14 Tallahassee, FL Ruby Diamond Auditorium
17 Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center / Aurene Theater

"Italia" (feat. Andrea Bocelli):
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"Nessun Dorma":
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