Mindi Abair, born on May 23, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a gifted American saxophonist, vocalist, and composer who has made significant contributions to the contemporary jazz and blues music scenes. Known for her dynamic stage presence and soulful sound, Abair has captivated audiences worldwide with her unique blend of musical styles.
Raised in a musical family, Abair’s passion for music began at a young age. Her father was a saxophonist and keyboardist, while her grandmother was an opera singer. She started playing the piano at the age of five, but her fascination with the saxophone led her to pursue the instrument more seriously during her teenage years.
Abair’s dedication to music led her to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Woodwind Performance. Following her graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to launch her professional career.
In the 1990s, Mindi Abair began working as a session musician and a touring saxophonist, performing with various artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Adam Sandler, and Mandy Moore. Her talents as a saxophonist and composer caught the attention of jazz enthusiasts, and in 2003, she released her first solo album, “It Just Happens That Way.”
Abair’s debut album showcased her versatility as a musician, featuring a mix of contemporary jazz, pop, and R&B influences. The album received critical acclaim and earned her a spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart, establishing her as a rising star in the genre. Over the years, she has released numerous albums as a solo artist, including “Life Less Ordinary” (2006), “Wild Heart” (2014), and “The EastWest Sessions” (2017).
Throughout her career, Mindi Abair has collaborated with many renowned musicians, including Keb’ Mo’, Gregg Allman, and Joe Perry. Her work has earned her several accolades, including two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2014 and 2015.
In addition to her accomplishments as a musician, Abair is a dedicated advocate for music education. She has served on the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy and has been involved with various music education initiatives, such as “Turnaround Arts” and “MindUP.”
Mindi Abair’s contributions to contemporary jazz and blues music have solidified her status as a highly respected and influential musician. Her captivating performances, soulful sound, and commitment to music education continue to inspire fans and fellow musicians alike, making her an essential figure in the world of music.
Last updated 3/18/2023.