Trumpeter Chris Botti and his music just keep moving around

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LENOX — According to musician Chris Botti, the talented trumpeter/bandleader has been on tour for a long, long time.

"I've been touring for 12 years," he said, laughing. "Seriously. I own no property. I have no possessions. I live in an apartment in New York City and I'm on the road 250 to 280 days a year. Except a couple years ago, when I did 300 dates a year."

The talented Botti, 53, will bring his band to Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall Friday evening.

The Oregon native won a Grammy Award in 2013 for his disc, "Impressions," and also has several certified platinum albums under his belt. He is considered one of the best, if not the best, contemporary trumpeters of his generation.

And Botti believes he owes a lot of his success to being out there on stage night after night.

"The music business has changed," he said. "I really believe that the best way to be successful now is being good enough for the promoter to listen to your show and afterward, come up to you and say, 'We'd like you back next year.' Or the year after. Or whatever.

"If you underwhelm," he continued. "If you don't deliver, the guy that makes the decisions is standing offstage and he'll say, 'Eh, I don't think so.' And you will run out of places to play pretty quickly.

"In this business in 2016, it's how you kick ass," he concluded.

Botti grew up in Oregon and freely admits that he became infatuated with Miles Davis as a youngster.

"Yeah, there were guys like Freddie Hubbard, or Clifford Brown, and they were great," he said. "But to me, it was Miles. It was that haunting, brooding sound he could bring to a song. I loved the intimacy of it. Miles could get down low."

Botti admitted that he never actually got to meet Davis, who died in 1991, "but I saw him live a bunch of times. He never disappointed."

Botti also functions as a bandleader and admitted that aspect of the job has been "a learning curve. But I'm really fortunate to have a group of really talented musicians to work with."

He describes his sound as "jazz on a super high level," as well as classical and popular music.

"It's kind of hard to pinpoint where I'd put it. My music kind of moves around," he said.

Maybe so, but doesn't move around as much as Botti.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251

IN CONCERT

Who: Trumpeter Chris Botti and band

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Tanglewood, Ozawa Hall, West Street (Route 183), Lenox

Tickets: lawn seating only — $20

How: 888-266-1200; tanglewood.org; tanglewood main gate box office — West Street


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