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Mindi Abair

Born on tour into a musical family, Mindi Abair was playing piano by the age of five. Within three years, she was playing saxophone and writing songs. She made her way through Berklee performing all kinds of music from jazz to rock and R&B. Upon moving back to Los Angeles, Abair started her own band. She also took on session work with artists as diverse as the Gap Band, Adam Sandler, Mandy Moore, John Tesh, Teena Marie, and the Backstreet Boys. During this time, she worked on creating her own sound and released her debut disc in 1999. The Backstreet Boys connection really paid off for her, and her website and CD (entitled Love) took off. The year 2000 saw the release of the follow-up, Always and Never the Same, and shortly thereafter, Abair signed with GRP Records. A sophomore effort, It Just Happens That Way, was issued in 2003. "Lucy's," "Save the Last Dance," and the album's title track went on to impact Top Ten radio. A year later, Abair returned with Come as You Are, her second set produced with her writing partner Matthew Hager. In 2006, Abair released Life Less Ordinary, which featured guest vocals from Lalah Hathaway and Keb' Mo', and also performed at the Governors Ball, the official Oscars afterparty. The following year, she appeared on guitarist Peter White's -- with whom she had performed frequently -- Christmas album, but 2008 saw a return to her solo material (and an introduction to Abair as a singer) with Stars. In 2010, Abair delivered the soul-jazz-inspired In Hi-Fi Stereo, which once again featured a mix of instrumental jazz with a few Abair vocal numbers. Abair returned in 2014 with her seventh studio album, Wild Heart, which featured guest spots from Keb' Mo', Joe Perry, Booker T. Jones, and Gregg Allman. ~ Gary Hill, Rovi
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I can't wait to meet her again in April.
What a great artist i love seeing her perform, she's as sweet as her music is I have enjoyed every performance.
Nice
A Blonde bombshell!!! A n d good on the sax too!!!
mrsmooth_200 8
Yep! Miss Candy is beautiful sax player. I and my wife saw her years ago, at the Kansas Jazz festival. She put on a good show.
tinavanwyk
My husband and I have been huge fans since 2003 and saw her several times at Thornton Winery in Temecula.She puts on an awesome show and her music is great and inspiring. We look forward to seeing her again this september!.
First time listening to Mindi, but not the last. She is an awesome sax player and gorgeous!!
This is one well played song, do your thing girl.
Mindi thanks for the great performance at the Newport Beach jazz fest, girl you rock.Love your new CD Wild heart.The song I'll be your home really hits home.Keep on filling our lives with your beautiful sounds..
Love me some Mindy & Candy. What a wonderful pair of talented ladies making beautiful music. ... Ear candy!
Wonder what a jazz jam between Mindy and Candy would be like. JUST might make me think about believing in a loving Deity again...
mariem0710
I love your music, it's romantic and relaxing!
mariem0710
I love your music, it' romantic and relaxing!
There are many, many, MANY terrific sax players on the smooth jazz scene, but Mindi Abair is BETTER!!!!!
Simply the truth....... . . . . . . . . .
Mindi is holding down for all of the female instrumental musicians out there !
Saw her at jazz alley Seattle ..amazing performance. . b a n d terrific ..GO GIRLFRIEND..
talk about hot>>>>>>
I feel like dancin
Ms.abair is in a league all of her own wish I had followed through on my musical aspirations. The music we could have made. Ha ha
AWSOME!!! Your music touches me in so many ways. Keep making those sounds that touch the soul and warms the heart. THANX!!!
this song gets the heart pumping
This isver smoothing. Love it you go Mindi
Interesting! Will keep track, you remind me of Candy Dulpher!
FOLLOW YOU FORM YOUR BEGIN ............ K E E P MAKING GREAT MUSIC
Wait until you hear Mindi play Summertime: so good I got chills!! William Johnson, Moreno Valley, CA
Mind I u r awesome when r u touring in houston
San Diego used to have summer Jazz festivals in the Gaslamp district where my famility and I saw Mindi perform 2 years in a row. My youngest daughter, also a sax player, has a photo with her and she signed a pair of converse my daughter wore on stage during high school band and street festival gigs. Mindi is an awesome saxiphonist. You go girl.
dbadraper
sadly this is the 1st time I have heard of her. She reminds me of David Sanborn and spyro gyra.
scottiewrigh t g a
Her performances evoke emotions as she fluently flows back and forth from inspirationa l , to transmitting all kinds of highs and lows. Good stage presence.
odyssey2
Amazingly talented artist!
jillmgravund e r
Love her music.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
brittlinda48
Beautiful!! I love this song. She's knows how to make it happen.
I saw her concert last yr. She was amazing. She turned the seabreeze concert out.!!!!!!
Amazing
I heard Mindi for the first time on the Bob Rivers show and I just had to listen to her.
Mindi Abair ...YOU are a GENIUS..."Ke e p On Groovin'!!"
kellygavrile n k o
Nice... love you and your music ;) you rock the sax... usually girls dont play sax but you go good =)
This White can Play sorry Mindi, but YOU are good Love Your Music. You Go Girl :o) !!!
I love this song. It is so funky. I do agree with everyone with what is happening to the Smooth Jazz stations that have folded. That has happened in New York with CD 1019. I still miss it. I believe that people will eventually want REAL artists and talent back instead of the watered down that you hear on radio these days.
Awesome.
It was in her blood to be successful, dynamic, and cool....
carolyn_moor e 9
Mindi is another extraordinar y sax player . . . so smooth!
snortss
Smooth jazz stations are closing up shop all over the place, unfortunatel y .
elcadarosa
I recently saw Mindi in concert at the Berks Jazz Festival in Reading, PA. Beauty, brains, and talent, Talent, TALENT all in one package!!! She & her band are a real pleasure to listen to and watch on stage. I also miss the jazz station that was in the Philly area. I know I would not have been introduced to the smooth jazz genre in general, and her style in particular, without it. I'm looking forward to the next time she's in the area.
smb3542...it s happening all over,unfortu n a t e l y . T h e thing that gets me is this kind of music isn't grating,vulg e r , n o r uncomfortabl e to listen to.....but quite the opposite.I grew up in the 60's and 70's(good times),but my main mode of listening is smooth jazz.So many good reasons to listen to it as posted by so many people here as well as me.Lets keep what we've still got here and on the airwaves ..i've even seen the lack of jazz cd's in stores,Keep jazz alive!!!!!
smb3542
I love this song! and I miss the smooth jazz radio that was once here available through a local station.
good sax player.....a n d she is a hottie too.....
brittlinda48
RSR - Kirk Whalum and Peter White are both awesome, how did you like them?
last night same show at Sacramento Ca,,,, this WOW!
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