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Chris Botti returns to the Jazz Fest

Chris Botti made his return to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Thursday night (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - He's back! Trumpeter Chris Botti made his return to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Thursday night.

Before his performance, Botti spoke with 13WHAM's Matt Molloy. He said the audience keeps him coming back to Rochester.

"I always say they're a great audience," said Botti. "And every time I walk onstage, I go, 'They are better than I thought!' I'm always surprised."

Botti said he has lost count of how many times he has performed in Rochester.

"Five or six," he said. "The blur of the years makes it hard to remember all of them, but I think five or six."

He has watched the festival evolve in that time. He credits producers, the Eastman School of Music and the crowd.

Botti's Thursday night show at the Eastman Theater was sold out.

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