Chris Botti A Smash on Late-Night TV

Smooth jazz trumpet player Chris Botti gave an amazing peformance Thursday night on late-night TV.

chrisbotti3.jpgChris Botti may have gained many fans while opening for Sting, but he no doubt scored thousands more after a performance Thursday on The Late Late Show.

Botti performed his gorgeous song "What'll I Do?" from his brand-new CD of love songs, When I Fall in Love. Backing him up were Billy Kilson on drums, Jon Ossman on bass and Billy Childs on keyboards. A highlight came midway through the song when Paula Cole gracefully entered on stage and began her vocals as she does on the CD. It was great to see Botti joining her a brief vocal duet.

An added bonus: During an interview with actress Famke Janssen, guest host Craig Ferguson frequently joked with the actress about her sexy name while reaching behind the anchor desk to switch on a few snippets of "What'll I Do?"

Another bonus for Botti fans was a commercial for the new album, which aired before his performance and was shot during the CD's cover shot.