Archive for March 11, 2012

Saxophonist/Singer/Songwriter Mindi Abair has not only set sonic trends, but has broken all the 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. Raised on the road with her father’s band, she graduated from Berklee College of Music and headed to Los Angeles where she became a sought after sideman. She signed to Verve Records in 2002 and never looked back.

Her solo career has produced 10 #1 radio singles, and her records have consistently topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. She has hosted the internationally syndicated radio show “Chill With Mindi Abair” for 5 years, and has successful 5 major label solo releases to her credit “It Just Happens That Way” (2003), “Come As You Are” (2004), “Life Less Ordinary” (2006), “Stars” (2008), and “In Hi Fi Stereo” (2010).

She is an elected governor for the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS, and is an Artist Ambassador for Campell’s Labels for Education and The Grammy Foundation. She’s been featured on this season of “American Idol” as a featured soloist with Paul McDonald and Casey Abrams, won Best International Instrumentalist at the 2011 Wave Awards in Toronto, and Best Female Artist of the Year at the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. She is a regular columnist for Wine and Jazz Magazine and author of the book “How To Play Madison Square Garden – A Guide To Stage Performance.”

She 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 the Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Lee Ritenour, the Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Adam Sandler, Max Weinberg, Mocean Worker, Bill Champlin, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Sheila E, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun.

Mindi Abair tours with Jeff Golub and David Pack on the following dates:

Saturday, March 31, 2012 – 7:00 pm – The Hamilton, 600 14th St NW, Washington, D. C. 20005

Saturday, April 14, 2012 – 02:00 pm Sage Court, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, 5350 East Marriott Dr, Phoenix, Arizona