Botti set to perform at Rotary Club of Monterey

On 22nd March, Saturday, Rotary Club of Monterey would present Chris Botti, Grammy Award winning trumpeter, live in gig at Hyatt Regency Monterey. Chris Botti as well as his group would perform 2 shows at 6 pm and at 9 pm in the grand setting of the refurbished Hyatt ballroom. Gig tickets went on sale from 13th January, and at this time the 6 pm performance has sold out.

One of the organizers of the concert David Lee told that they do have some tickets available for 9 pm event. Tickets can be bought online at ChrisBottiMonterey.com. You can also call at 925-855-1736.

Since Chris Botti’s critically acclaimed “When I Fall In Love”s release, he has become the top selling US instrumental artist. Chris’s success has bilked over to audiences generally reserved for pop music as well as his ongoing affiliation with PBS has guided to 4 number one jazz albums, and several Platinum, Gold as well as Grammy Awards. His newest album named Impressions got Grammy for the Best Pop Instrumental Album in last year. Performing across the world and selling over 3 million albums. He has found a great form of originative expression that starts in jazz as well as expands beyond the limits of any genre.

On his Grammy winning Impressions, he performs with well known Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, and Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler and Vince Gill. Performing at as many as three hundred gigs each year, the trumpet player has also came with a whole lot of United States’ top symphony orchestras.

Czech jazz critic passes away at 89

Lubomir Doruzka, a well known music critic, who guided his readers through the world of jazz music in the riotous twentieth century, has passed away. He was 89. Petr, Doruzka’s son, confirmed the news on Monday to Czech public radio, where Lubomir used to have a regular jazz show.

Doruzka, born in 18th March, 1924, first penned about jazz for a magazine during the 2nd World War when Nazi troops occupied Czechoslovakia and jazz coming from American enemy was censored. After a Communist takeover in the year 1948, Lubomir gave Czechs a scope to read the literature of Jazz Age with his F. Scott Fitzgerald translations. He also published a number of pop and jazz music books and served create Prague’s International Jazz Festival as well as the International Jazz Federation.

Speaking about jazz, we must also inform that well known pianist Geoffrey Keezer is all set to perform a solo recital at Soka Performing Arts Center on 21st February, 2014, Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are priced at $28 while it is $21 for students and aged above sixty two. Tickets can also be purchased at – performingarts.soka.edu.

With his unique compositions, acclaimed performances, discography in a variety of configurations Geoffrey Keezer bids the attention normally reserved for the living jazz legends. Keezer has more than enough sheer and virtuosity. He was playing jazz since he was a teenager.

Jazz still doing strong

Jazz songs may not be hitting on the Billboard charts anymore, but still, jazz musicians have created a lasting friendship with classic American songbook. Byron Stripling, the vocalist and the trumpet player and also the leader of Friday’s Jazz Legends event, told that even though most of these songs were written during 1920s and 30s, this is an enduring music which continues to be played and sung right up to the artists of these days.

This type music has been mainly good to Byron, whose music career goes to take him across the world and into several recording studios and the long list includes his debut in the Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson as well as New York Pops; diddling in Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; as well as touring with Clark Terry, Count Basie Orchestra and Woody Herman.

He told that for him it is just being on the stage. It does not matter where he is – it is just special. It is like a church. People come to the theater with lots of problems of their own. The performers on the stage have the duty to take the spectators to another place. To offer them love, peace, happiness and comfort through art, no matter whether it is music or theater or what.

The annual series of the jazz legends started thirteen years ago, an event for the well known musicians playing. Stripling stated it as straight-up-and-down and mainstream.