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Jazz Picks: Chris Botti brings smooth jazz to Carolina Theatre

Chris Botti will perform at Durham’s Carolina Theatre on June 9.
Chris Botti will perform at Durham’s Carolina Theatre on June 9. AP

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD “When I Fall In Love,” smooth jazz trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has become a top-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has contributed to four Number 1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold- and Platinum-selling records and Grammy awards. Botti performs at The Carolina Theatre in Durham on Thursday (June 9). More info at

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