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His Mann Center concert is an unique opportunity to see one of the best jazz performers of our time with the incredible Philadelphia Orchestra.
Trumpet sensation Chris Botti has fans all over the world.
Apparently, some of his most ardent listeners live in Poland, a place that's never been known as a cool jazz hot spot.
"I first went to Poland in 2000 as part of Sting's Brand New Day Tour," says Botti, who's in town this weekend to present a pops concert with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
"I was amazed at how warm and gracious everyone there was.
has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist.
His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards.
Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music; including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith's own Steven Tyler.
Hitting the road for 250 plus days per year, Chris and his incredible band have performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
So Poland has become a top priority for me, and I've been back 13 times since my first visit." Botti's penchant for Poland at least partly explains why his new album opens with an orchestral arrangement of Chopin's Prelude in C minor.
Several years ago, the trumpeter was commissioned to record a version of this dark, elegiac prelude to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the legendary Polish composer's birth.
But Botti's scheduled 2010 performance in Warsaw quickly took on a deeper meaning.