Some might say trumpeter Chris Botti has a natural talent for performing and composing contemporary jazz music. According to Botti, however, he wasn’t born with it.
“Talent is really 99% drive and focus, and 1% luck,” said Botti in this Excursions interview.
Botti’s drive and focus have earned him an impressive résumé, including touring spots with Paul Simon and Sting. Since 1995, the year he released his first solo album, Botti has steadily developed into the highest selling American instrumental jazz artist. He has released four Billboard #1 jazz albums, including 2004’s critically acclaimed When I Fall in Love.
Botti called in to Excursions in 2009 for a lively chat with Niki Dakota. Here, the two discuss Botti’s approaching concert at the Kuss Auditorium in Springfield, his relationship with Sting, and how video games have made children less likely to pick up musical instruments.