Back into the City for the evening. Dinner, a Chris Botti in concert with the Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall, and a stay overnight at the cozy little Prescott Hotel on Post, near Union Square.
Chris Botti has become the biggest selling jazz artist since 2004. He has four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple gold, platinum, and Grammy Awards. He has recorded with the best, like Sinatra, Sting, Paul Simon, Joshua Bell, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. I love his “Chris Botti in Boston” that premiered on PBS and released as an album. And he may just be the most talented pure musician in the last decade. And he is only 47 years old!
Equally hard to believe is that he was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Corvallis. His mother, who was classically trained and a part time piano teacher, influenced his early music. He plays a Martin Committee Handcraft trumpet made in 1940. He uses a 3 silver plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926. He feels Miles Davis has been his most significant musical influence.
Dinner will be at the Fish and Farm, a small bistro just a block from Union Square. F and F strives to support local farmers and fishermen within a 100 mile radius of the City. The dishes are mostly classic and familiar, comprised of exclusive and high quality foods. On top of that, there are 50 bottles of wine priced under $50.
By the way, the concert was outstanding, and Chris and his band were at their best! His guitar player, drummer, and bassist along with Guggenheim winner pianist, Biily Childs front the Symphony in a contrast of styles and wardrobe. Yet it all works, as the San Francisco Symphony was one of the first to combine classicla and jazz, a rather dichotomous pair. You must see him, as I think he is the best musician to hit the concert tour in decades.