By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Dec 06, 2006 at 3:06 PM
Trumpet master Chris Botti is out with a new edition of his 1996 Christmas album "December." The Columbia Records release features Milwaukee native and ex Mr. Halle Barry, Eric Benet, and four newly recorded Yuletide tracks.

Produced by founder and innovative jazz-rock fusion drummer of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bobby Colomby, "December" premieres two songs. One is a wonderful interpretation of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria." It features the Choir of St. John's, Smith Square.

The second new track on the re-release is "I Don't Want Much for Christmas." Benet, who is still touring the Midwest in support of his latest release "Hurricane" (he plays Detroit's Royal Oak on Dec. 29), is the only solo vocalist on the new Botti record.

The newly expanded disc also features new versions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Silent Night."

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.