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, Mindi received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a No. 1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, four of the most pre-eminent saxophonists in contemporary music.
In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live onstage, Mindi 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 representing every one of the aforementioned genres.
"People look at me a bit funny when they see the extreme diversity of artists I've toured or recorded with – Teena Marie, Aerosmith, Duran Duran, Lee Ritenour, Keb' Mo' and The Backstreet Boys. I always went with my heart, and it's been quite an adventure musically."
Mindi made her Grand Ole Opry debut November 18, 2014. "One of my bucket list items has been to play the Grand Ole Opry -- and I did it!" she says. "It was magic to be there. I felt the history just seep into me. What an amazingly beautiful cornerstone of American Music. And they actually let a sax player in -- now that's history!"
"One of my bucket list items has been to play the Grand Ole Opry -- and I did it! It was magic to be there. I felt the history just seep into me."