Mindi Abair

"[Jazz is] improvisational and can change and morph every night. It has a framework, but can be whatever you want it to be. With me, it's more pop/rock with a little edge."

  • Born May 23, 1969, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Before releasing her own work, saxophonist Mindi Abair toured with the likes of Teena Marie, Rick Braun, John Tesh, and Jonathan Butler, as well as contributed to a number of projects, including Adam Sandler's platinum What's Your Name? In 2003 she released her second studio album, It Just Happens That Way. The project peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
  • Abair received her first career GRAMMY nominations for 2013 for Best Pop Instrumental Album for her work on the album Summer Horns, which she collaborated on with Dave Koz, Richard Elliot and Gerald Alright. She has also been nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her 2014 Heads Up International release, Wild Heart.
  • In 2011 Abair released a booked titled, How To Play Madison Square Garden: A How-To Guide To Stage Performance.
  • Abair was elected as a Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Governor in 2009. She served three terms and was elected as Secretary. In 2013 she held a two-year term as the President of the Los Angeles Chapter. She is currently a national Trustee for The Recording Academy.
  • Abair has performed for charity at events such as a Charity Concert for Easter Seals.


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