Stan Says: Chris Botti at the Morrison Center 

Technically, Jackson got a picture of himself with Botti (look in the mirror).

photo by Stan Jackson

Technically, Jackson got a picture of himself with Botti (look in the mirror).

Last week, we sent Boise Weekly Distribution Manager and Man-About-Town Stan Jackson to see Grammy Award-winning jazz master Chris Botti at a sold-out show at the Morrison Center.

Although Jackson has been with BW for nearly 20 years, we're still finding out new things about him all of the time. For example, his love of jazz is more than just a taste preference: In the '50s, when he was a student at Boise High School, Jackson played trumpet in a four-piece combo that performed at school dances and parties.

When he was a senior, his parents surprised him with a ticket to see Louis Armstrong at the old Miramar Ballroom. When he lived in Denver in the '90s, he'd spend every Friday night at a jazz club in the old warehouse district. At his 50-year high-school reunion a few years ago, he was asked to play, trumpeting the Boise High fight song and a set of '50s and '60s classics for his schoolmates.

When Jackson said Botti's performance was "phenomenal," and probably the "best two hours of entertainment" he'd ever seen, he was talking from experience.

Jackson said Botti told the audience he spent three years on the road with Sting, performed at a private concert with Bill Clinton and puts on around 300 shows every year. Still, he was humble and appreciative, sharing the spotlight with his seven-member band, which Jackson called "awesome."

Jackson came away from Botti's live performance as joyful as we've ever seen him, which should make it easier to convince him to play a little trumpet for us at our next staff meeting.

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