Smooth jazz is the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Lend your ear to upscale scales with this GrouponLive deal
- Admission to see Chris Botti
- When: Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Lowell Memorial Auditorium
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $38 for P2 floor level seating (up to $76.75 vaue)
- $33 for P3 parquet level seating (up to $66 value)
- $25 for P4 balcony level seating (up to $50.25 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- His style: a fusion smoothie of jazz and pop
- His look: dapper and handsome, earning him a spot on People magazine's 2004 list of the "50 Most Beautiful People"
- His instrument: a Martin Committee large bore Handcraft trumpet made in 1939, a.k.a very cool
- 9: the age he started playing the trumpet
- How he first got to Carnegie Hall: as a member of McDonalds’ All American High School Jazz band
- Cool thing he did in his senior year of college, while you were preparing to move back in with your folks: he toured with Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich
- After that: he released a string of albums, landed four of them at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Jazz Albums listings, and became besties with Sting
- His latest album: Impressions, which earned the 2013 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Founded to commemorate local US veterans, Lowell Memorial Auditorium's imposing, neoclassical exterior is ringed with inscriptions immortalizing famous generals and pivotal battles throughout the years, including Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and San Juan Hill. The venue's history hasn't been all serious, however—in its early years, shortly after Word War I, its most popular event was the weekly Bingo game, which often attracted up to 3,000 participants and prompted Life to call Lowell a "natural Bingopolis." The decades following saw everything from conventions and civic affairs to performances by Benny Goodman and the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. By 1979 the building was so worn down from floods, hurricanes, and economic depression that it necessitated a major renovation to bring it into the modern era. Today, its stage is fit for Broadway-scale shows, the behind-the-stage balcony is gone, and air conditioning protects against summer heat and litigious snowmen.