Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents contemporary saxophonist and singer/songwriter Mindi Abair for four nights. Band members joining are Jay Fore (guitar), Rodney Lee (keys), Derek Frank (bass) and Jamey Tate (drums). Set times Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm and Thursday through Saturday at 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm on Thursday and 5:30 pm Friday through Sunday.
“I was a fan the moment I saw a tape of one of her concerts. Her ability to connect with the crowd and appeal to jazz fans as well as those who aren’t as familiar with her, makes her such an exciting artist, and I was thrilled to have her as a guest on my tour.” -Josh Groban
Singer/Songwriter Mindi Abair has broken many boundaries as she continues to define the less traditional future of jazz. Her own brand of pop and soul meets jazz adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists. She was raised on the road with her father’s band, but this is not your father’s jazz band. Mindi brings a fearless energy and abandon to the stage as a powerhouse on the saxophone, hearkening back to the days of Junior Walker or King Curtis.
She’s been the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of “American Idol,” won Best International Instrumentalist at the 2011 Wave Awards in Toronto, and won Best Female Artist of the Year at the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. She also appeared this season on the Fran Drescher show “Happily Divorced.” Multi-talented Mindi has even authored a book, How To Play Madison Square Garden – A Guide To Stage Performance. Her solo career has produced 10 #1 radio singles and 5 major label solo releases that have topped the Contemporary Jazz Charts. Mindi has hosted the internationally syndicated radio show “Chill With Mindi Abair” for 6 years. She is an elected governor for the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS, and is an Artist Ambassador for Campbell’s Labels for Education and The Grammy Foundation.
Mindi is currently touring the US and abroad with her band. The list of artists she has toured or recorded with are a testament to her talent. They include Aerosmith, Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Lee Ritenour, the Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Max Weinberg, Bill Champlin, David Pack, Mocean Worker, Adam Sandler, Rick Braun, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, and Peter White.
February 28-March 3, 2013
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121