So Poland has become a top priority for me, and I've been back 13 times since my first visit." Botti's penchant for Poland at least partly explains why his new album opens with an orchestral arrangement of Chopin's Prelude in C minor.Several years ago, the trumpeter was commissioned to record a version of this dark, elegiac prelude to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the legendary Polish composer's birth.A., what Botti describes as "a romantic, sensual album" emerged.And that, he says, "led to the title Night Sessions." Growing up in Oregon listening to R&B (the O' Jays) and jazz (Herbie Hancock), Botti enrolled in the Indiana University music program."I've been seeing someone for about a year," Katie Couric confesses. She has been public with him in the past week, sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden for a Knicks-Celtics game on May 1 and posing with him on the red carpet at Monday's Met gala."Talk about stressful," she says. Nicki Minaj was in front of me; Tom Brady and Gisele Bundhen were behind me. Oops, I already had."But she and Molner, she says, are a happy duo."We're having a great time. "He's six younger than I am," says Couric, who has dated younger men in the past including trumpeter Chris Botti (5 years younger) and entrepreneur Brooks Perlin (17 years her junior). So he's always saying, 'May I get you another Diet Coke, Mrs. '"With daughter Ellie, 21, set to graduate from an Ivy League school in a week and daughter Carrie, 17, a junior in high school, her empty nest is looming. "It's less that I'm worried about being an empty nester than I am at being absolutely flabbergasted at how fast time flies. As my friend John says, 'You're never going to be any younger. "During a chat Tuesday with USA TODAY about her new Milk Mustache ad being unveiled on her Katie talk show Friday, Couric, 56, explained, "My parents met in Chicago so it's always had a special place in my heart."First Look: Katie Couric, daughters get 'milk'Although she doesn't want to talk about him, she can't help but talk about him. "She offers that her mom "really likes him." And laughs, saying, "I encouraged him to be very Eddie Haskell around her.
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"They were working all day long, from nine in the morning until five in the night," Botti says. We didn't know this when we rented the place," he adds, "so we couldn't really start recording during the day.
And everything just got shifted until after they stopped at five in the afternoon, into the night." Working through the night, overlooking the lights of the L.
Trumpet sensation Chris Botti has fans all over the world.
Apparently, some of his most ardent listeners live in Poland, a place that's never been known as a cool jazz hot spot.