Frank Griffith is keen to get out and hear his fellow Oregonian (thank you AH) Chris Botti and writes
“Chris Botti, the Oregon-born, Amercian trumpeter will be appearing at Cadogan Hall on Tuesday November 3rd. In addition to stints in NYC and LA as a session trumpeter he also toured with Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra for whom he shares a a mutual love of song and this comes through clearly in his lyrical playing.
His fine band includes the likes of drummer, Billy Kilson, pianist, Billy Childs, and ex- Jack MacDuff guitarist, Mark Whitfield.
In the video interview for Newsweek, Chris compares maintaining his chops on the trumpet to keeping an ex-wife happy. I’m not exactly clear on how that works, but perhaps attending the concert will shed more light on this.”
Or can any other LondonJazz reader unravel this mystery?
Okay, as a horn player I think I can explain. You have to work the horn every day or you will lose some of your proficiency. Seriously. I play the guitar occasionally (about once a week) and the piano even more infrequently, and can still play passably well enough to perform publicly on the songs that I know. If i miss one day on the horn, it takes three to get beck to where I was.