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Mindi Abair is one of the most dynamic performers on the music scene today. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, she was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. More recently, Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, four of the most pre-eminent saxophonists in contemporary music.
Her latest album, Wild Heart, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and on iTunes jazz albums. It also hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart. This album plays on her jazz roots while expanding into an explosive horn based pop/soul sound. "Abair's sax growls, grunts and grinds like a smoky joint in Lafayette, Louisiana, with more gristle than a T-Bone steak at The Pantry," says Jazz Weekly.
In a career that spans eight solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Abair has made her mark on a broad stretch of the musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk and more. The powerhouse saxophonist/vocalist has made scores of friends along the way and earned the respect of top-shelf artists from multiple genres.
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