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Chris Botti, the man with the horn

Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti doesn’t know just yet what he’ll do after his current concert tour, but it may not matter, because he’s practically always on the road anyway.

“I keep my band away from home about 300 days a year,” Botti said by phone from New York City, the closest thing to a hometown he’s got these days.

“Technically, I don’t live anywhere,” he said. “I used to live in L.A., but now I have a hotel I like in New York.”

On Saturday, Botti and his band will take up residence, at least for a few hours, on the outdoor stage at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg.

“We do lots of outdoor shows,” he said. “I even played the Hollywood Bowl in November one time, and it was freezing.”

Botti is still riding high on the success of his 2012 album, “Impressions,” featuring duets with country singer Vince Gill, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and rock singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.

The 51-year-old trumpeter’s list of career credits is impressive. He has worked with Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and even Frank Sinatra.

In 2009, Botti collaborated with the Public Broadcasting System to produce the “Chris Botti in Boston” CD and DVD, sharing the stage with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Josh Groban, Sting and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, among others.

“My closest association has been with Sting. We’re good friends,” Botti said. “My work with other musicians has always been on the fly, because I’m working with friends.”

Whenever the chance comes up, Botti is ready to help a friend. Perhaps he collaborates so easily with great singers because he thinks of the sound from his trumpet as a human voice, and that’s reflected in his music.


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