Chris Botti, about to embark on a worldwide tour with Sting, will have to spend some time away from his new beau, Today show co-host Katie Couric.
Katie Couric isn't wasting any time. A couple of weeks after breaking up with TV producer Tom Werner, the co-host of NBC's Today show only has eyes for one of smooth jazz's biggest stars: trumpeter Chris Botti.
People reports that Couric, 47, and Botti, 42 are now dating. Couric, who has co-hosted Today since 1991 and also reports for NBC's Dateline, lost husband Jay Monahan to colon cancer five years ago.
Couric and Botti might not be seeing much of each other. Botti is schuduled to fly to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on Nov. 2 to perform as the opening act for Sting's European leg of his Sacred Love tour.
Although not as big of a star as Couric, Botti is getting there. He was recently named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and performed "God Bless America" during the National League baseball playoff series. He was also scheduled to perform the song if there were to be a fifth game of the World Series. But that didn't happen when the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals four-games-to-one in the best-of-seven series.
Botti's most recent album of love song, When I Fall In Love, is also helping to put the trumpeter in the national spotlight. It's current No. 1 on Billboard's jazz charts.
Botti's previous album, A Thousand Kisses Deep, features the No. 6 song on Radio & Records' smooth jazz charts, “Back Into My Heart.” At the same time, he now has a single from When I Fall in Love called “No Ordinary Love,” a cover of the Sade classic.Posted by Brian Soergel at October 29, 2004 4:06 AM