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Jun 28, 2022 - Plenty of Good Deeds
Jun 03, 2022 - Theo Wanne Mindi Abair 2 Alto Mouthpiece @ NAMM 2022
Jun 02, 2022 - 10th Annual She Rocks Awards Hosted by Katie Daryl and Mindi Abair
May 27, 2022 - What a Wild Week
May 25, 2022 - Happy Anniversary Mindi and Eric
May 23, 2022 - Happy Birthday Mindi
May 21, 2022 - Summer Horns - Week 2
May 19, 2022 - What a Selfie!
May 18, 2022 - Celebrating a Dozen Years of Funk
May 16, 2022 - Summer Horns at Sea
May 15, 2022 - Sax Summit
May 15, 2022 - Meanwhile, Back in St. Petersburg
May 06, 2022 - May The "Stars" Be With You
Apr 25, 2022 - In Concert For Cancer
Apr 18, 2022 - Living a "Life Less Ordinary" for 16 Years
Apr 14, 2022 - Mindi featured in new High Heels of Jazz Exhibit
Mar 18, 2022 - Mindi Abair - FOREVER!
Feb 25, 2022 - It's Just Been Happening That Way - For 19 Years

NEWS ARCHIVE

June 28, 2022

Plenty of Good Deeds

From her Grammy Board work with "Music in the Schools" to her support of "In Concert for Cancer", to hosting and performing on the SheRocks awards, to appearances at Festival of Arts, which provides art scholarships, to so much more, Mindi has delivered countless good deeds over the years.

But as the saying goes, "No good deed goes unpunished."

However, her album NO GOOD DEED, released on this day in 2019, resulted in no such punishment - nor have any of her good works.

NO GOOD DEED was a full-length studio album, recorded with the Boneshakers in the EastWest Studios and released on Mindi’s own "Pretty Good For A Girl" record label.

Steven Ovadia at Blues Rock Review wrote:

"Mindi Abair’s NO GOOD DEED is a study in contrasts. Abair is a singer/saxophonist who doesn’t jam too much of the instrument into her songs. She’s a classic rhythm-and-blues aficionado who has a strong sense of contemporary pop. And she proudly wears her influences on her sleeve without sounding derivative. But most importantly of all, (this) album is smart and but also fun. You don’t have to think about it to enjoy it."

Dave Resto, writing in Rock and Blues Music, said:

"Much of the appeal of Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers has always been the powerful dynamic between Abair’s saxophone and (Randy) Jacob’s guitar. The two share the spotlight as lead instrumentalists, always complementing each other’s contributions. Producer Kevin Shirley did well at capturing them performing at their A game level on songs like the funky “Mess I’m In.” The selection of cover songs on No Good Deed represents a good cross section of Rock, Blues and Rhythm & Blues classics."

And Rainey Wetnight commented in Blues Blast Magazine:

"Mindi Abair is the Carrie Underwood of contemporary electric blues rock. Not only could they almost be twins in terms of looks, but both are American Idol alumnae. A third similarity is in their vivacious musical style. One could sit down for a post-show cocktail with either one of these winsome women and never feel intimidated. They’re the girls-next-door-turned-superstars you read about and see on TV, but never dream you’ll meet face-to-face. Thankfully, on her new album No Good Deed, Mindi brings her presence right to you – no backstage pass required. This scintillating series of ten original tracks will keep you fresh and energized for several hours, like caffeinated soap. Enjoy the rush while it lasts, then reapply!"

TRACKS

Seven Day Fool
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
You Better Run
Sweetest Lies
Good Day For The Blues
Mess I’m In
Bad News
Movin’ On
Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?
Baby, Get It On

CREDITS

Design – Nick Egan
Engineer – Matt Wolach
Executive Producer – Roy McClurg
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Photography – Greg Allen (7)
Producer, Mixed By – Kevin Shirley
Tenor Saxophone – Paulie Cerra (tracks: 10)
Trombone – Nick Lane (tracks: 7)
Trumpet, Trombone – Lee Thornburg (tracks: 10)
Vocals, Drums, Percussion – Third Richardson
Vocals, Guitar – Randy Jacobs
Vocals, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer – Rodney Lee
Vocals, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Mindi Abair

June 3, 2022

Theo Wanne Mindi Abair 2 Alto Mouthpiece @ NAMM 2022

At the 2022 NAMM Show (the National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, California, Mindi debuted version 2 of her signature Theo Wanne alto sax mouthpiece.

The NAMM Show is the place where professionals and students from the music, sound and live event industries gather to see the latest product launches, network while listening to amazing live music, and attend free professional education.

Here’s a clip from the Smooth Jazz Family of Theo Wanne and Mindi Abair talking about the new Mindi Abair 2 Alto Mouthpiece at the 2022 NAMM Show convention in Anaheim California 6/3/22.

This second clip, also from the Smooth Jazz Family, shows Mindi performing "Wild Heart" at the NAMM Show.

June 2, 2022

10th Annual She Rocks Awards Hosted by Katie Daryl and Mindi Abair

The landmark 10-Year Anniversary event is co-hosted by former She Rocks Awards honoree Mindi Abair, two-time GRAMMY nominated saxophonist who has appeared on such programs as The Late Show with David Letterman, American Idol, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Joining is Katie Daryl, the acclaimed executive producer of highly-rated AXS Network and digital series The Top Ten Revealed and At Home and Social.

Check out the full list of honorees below:

Dionne Warwick – Six-time GRAMMY® and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, multi-platinum iconic singer, actress, television host, former UN Goodwill Ambassador and interior designer with her own WG Design Lab

Meredith Brooks – singer-songwriter and guitarist celebrating the 25th anniversary of her single, “Bitch”

Carmen Vandenberg – lead guitarist and one half of the GRAMMY®-nominated rock duo BONES UK, sponsored by Blackstar

MILCK – singer/songwriter, leading advocate for women’s rights and celebrated role model within the music industry

Yvette Young – guitarist and front-woman for the math rock band Covet, sponsored by Sweetwater

EveAnna Manley – president, Manley Laboratories aka “The Tube Chick”

Sherri Chung – Award-winning film and TV composer and Governor of the Music Branch of the Television Academy

Kerry Fiero – creator of Girl Power! Women Working In The Music Industry Conference, former Artist Manager at Strive Management & adjunct professor at San Francisco State University in the Music/ Recording Industry Program and the Event Planning program

Leslie Gaston-Bird – mixer, sound editor, author and a champion of diversity in the audio industry

Lyndsey Parker – She Rocks Awards co-host and Yahoo Entertainment Music Editor, SiriusXM host and author

Julie Robbins – CEO of effects pedal manufacturer Earthquaker Devices

May 27, 2022

What a Wild Week

Wow, in one week I celebrated my birthday, my anniversary and the 8-year release of my Grammy-nominated WILD HEART Album.

WILD HEART was my seventh full-length solo studio album. Released on this day eight years ago (May 27, 2014), WILD HEART marked my fourth release on Concord Records imprint, Heads Up International. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, staying there for two weeks.

The album received a 2015 Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Instrumental Album category, my second Grammy nomination.

WILD HEART was recorded in late 2013 and early 2014 at several studios including Manifest Music in Santa Monica, CA, Elevated Basement Studio in Savannah, GA, Morrisound in Tampa, FL and Skip Saylor Studios in Northridge, CA. The album features several of my good friends as guest musicians, including Max Weinberg, Gregg Allman, Booker T. Jones, Keb' Mo', Joe Perry and Trombone Shorty.

WILD HEART had me stepping away from my traditional smooth jazz style, for a more rock n roll influenced sound.

Critics often commented on the different sound of the album:

James Woods of AXS said "WILD HEART's roots actually go back to when Abair found herself 'moonlighting' - performing a lot of rock and roll, blues and organic music. So it should come as no surprise that sharing the stage with the likes of Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Duran Duran would eventually be absorbed into her musical psyche. And it was those experiences that inspired Abair to want to capture the mojo she's been holding in for so long."

Thom Jurek of All Music called the record "a much rowdier, grimier fashion."

Jazz Weekly said "Abair's sax growls, grunts and grinds like it's a smoky joint in Lafayette, Louisiana, with more gristle than a T-Bone steak at The Pantry."

And All Music said of the album; "Though it pays unapologetic tribute to retro inspirations, it does so with 21st century sophistication, a gritty, raucous spirit, and exceptional creative imagination."

TRACKS

1. Amazing Game (featuring Trombone Shorty, co-written with Jim Peterik)
2. I Can't Lose
3. Wild Heart
4. Haute Sauce
5. Train (co-written with Jim Peterik)
6. Game On (featuring Joe Perry)
7. I'll Be Your Home (featuring Keb' Mo')
8. The Shakedown (featuring Max Weinberg and Waddy Wachtel)
9. Kiddo's Revenge
10. Addicted to You (featuring Booker T. Jones)
11. Just Say When (featuring Gregg Allman)

You can also find "I'll be Your Home", "Wild Heart", "Haute Sauce" and "Just Say When" on my just-released "Best of Mindi Abair" album.

PERFORMERS

Mindi - vocals, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, hand claps
Adam Berg - piano, organ, tambourine, synthesizers, hand claps
Lance Abair - organ
Dave Yaden - piano
Booker T. Jones - hammond b3
Gregg Allmann - hammond b3, vocals, guitar
Itai Shapira - guitar, bass, tambourine, hand claps
Dave Burris - guitar
Joe Perry - guitar
Waddy Watchel - guitar
Kevin Scott - bass
Elizabeth Lea - trombone
Trombone Shorty - trombone
Todd Simon - trumpet
Dave Colie - drums
Jake Najor - drums
James Gadson - drums
Max Weinberg - drums
Bud Harner - crash cymbal
Jim Peterik - percussion

CREDITS

Design [Cover] – Patty Palazzo
Engineer – Adam Berg, David Burris, Itai Shapira, Jim Morris, John Wydrycs, Shane Baldwin
Engineer [Assistant, Second] – Allen Franco
Engineer [Assistant] – John Silverman, Kevin Coen
Executive-Producer – Bud Harner, John Burk
Management – Bud Harner
Mastered By – Paul Blakemore
Mixed By – Adam Berg
Photography By – Greg Allen
Producer – Adam Berg, Itai Shapira, Mindi Abair
Producer, Arranged By [Horn] – Todd Simon
Written-By – Mindi Abair

May 25, 2022

Happy Anniversary Mindi and Eric

Three years ago, Mindi invited a few of her closest friends (100+) to her birthday party in the backyard of her Hollywood home.

HOWEVER ...

Midway through the festivities, Mindi and Eric snuck across the street and changed into formal attire. When they returned, the guests quickly realized they were in the midst of a wedding.

Dave Koz, who set them up on their first date, officiated their nuptials.

The day - May 25 - happens to be NATIONAL WINE DAY. Coincidence? We think not!

Regardless, we wish them the happiest of anniversaries.

May 23, 2022

Happy Birthday Mindi

While onboard Week 2 of the 2022 Dave Koz Cruise, Mindi celebrated her birthday, surrounded by many well-wishing artists and fans.

We, her MindiWorld staff, join in wishing her many happy returns.


(l to r) Barb Dixon, Jim Cooper, Mindi, Tony Borino, Pam McGregor

May 21, 2022

Summer Horns - Week 2

On Friday, the Dave Koz Cruise Week 1 passengers debarked in Amsterdam, after sailing through the British Isles, and the Week 2 passengers embarked.

The second night at sea, Dave, Mindi, Richard, Vincent and Kenny returned to the stage, wowing the new crowd with their Summer Horns show.

May 19, 2022

What a Selfie!

It's become a tradition on the Koz Cruises that each evening a couple of the musicians will walk through the dining room, playing all the way and stopping at many of the tables. You never know who will be making an appearance each night.

But on the final night of Week 1, ALL the artists marched through to the delight of the crowd.

Immediately before entering the dining room, the group took this selfie in the hallway ...

May 18, 2022

Celebrating a Dozen Years of Funk

Twelve years ago today (5/18/2010), I released 'In Hi-Fi Stereo' to much critical acclaim, including this review from the Voice of America ...

Mindi Abair Explores R&B 'In Hi-Fi Stereo'

Saxophonist Mindi Abair has taken a temporary break from her usual "smooth jazz" regimen to explore the golden age of R&B on her new CD, 'In Hi-Fi Stereo'. The album is funkier and more soulful than anything Mindi has ever recorded.

Remember spinning records on an old hi-fi stereo and watching the needle sway back and forth in the grooves of the vinyl? Or, reading the liner notes printed on the back of album jackets while drum beats vibrated through the speaker's wiry mesh covers. Those long ago but not forgotten moments were the inspiration for Mindi Abair's quest to capture the glory days of funk and soul.

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Mindi inherited her musical skills from her father, a saxophonist and keyboard player in a '70s R&B band. "Between watching my father onstage and spending time with my grandmother who was an opera singer, music was always around me," she says.

Mindi first learned to play piano at age five, but switched to alto sax a few years later. Mindi's success in her high school marching band led to more serious training at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she earned a degree in woodwind performance.

Mindi relocated to Southern California and became a fixture on tours with Duran Duran, The Backstreet Boys and Mandy Moore. Her move into jazz came in 2003 with her first major label solo release, "It Just Happens That Way."

For In Hi-Fi Stereo, Mindi admits that listening to the music of soul icons James Brown, Al Green, Junior Walker, and Archie Bell and The Drells gave her the idea to add funk and soul to her signature pop-jazz style. The outcome, she says, "is a fun, feel-good record inspired by some of those great sounds and grooves from that period."

Mindi composed all but two of the songs on the album, including a tune she describes as "a mix of old Motown and classic Ramsey Lewis", "All Star."

The album, released on Heads Up International (A division of Concord Records) included the following tracks ...

Any Way You Wanna
All Star
L'Esprit Nouveau
Get Right
Be Beautiful
Down for the Count
Girls' Night Out
Let the Whole World Know (Sing Your Song)
It's a Man's Man's World
Take Me Home
The Alley

You can also find “Be Beautiful” on my new “Best of Mindi Abair” album.

CREDITS

Mindi Abair Composer, Horn Arrangements, Primary Artist, Producer, Sax (Alto), Vocals
Lance Abair Hammond B3
Ray Bardani Mixing
Richard Barron Engineer
Rico Bell Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
James Brown Composer
Paul Castro Hair Stylist, Make-Up
Jessi Collins Vocals (Background)
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Ryan Collins Composer, Featured Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
James Gadson Drums
Michael Gassel Package Layout
Jay Gore Composer, Guitar (Electric)
Matthew Hager Composer
Constanze Lindsay Han Stylist
Bud Harner Ride Cymbal
David Ryan Harris Composer, Featured Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Lalah Hathaway Featured Artist, Vocal Arrangement, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Randy Jacobs Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Rodney Lee Composer, Hammond B3, Soloist, Wurlitzer
Reggie McBride Bass, Bass (Upright)
Betty Jean Newsome Composer
Cassandra O'Neal Hammond B3
Phil Parlapiano Composer, Fender Rhodes, Organ
Seth Presant Assistant
Rex Rideout Fender Rhodes, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Programming, Wurlitzer
Wayne Rodrigues Composer
Smitty Smith Bass
Tyrone Stevens Composer
DeWayne Swan Hammond B3
Chris Szczech Assistant
Ken Takahashi Mixing
Jamey Tate Composer, Drums
Stephen Theard Arranger, Composer, Keyboards, Programming
Lee Thornberg Trombone, Trumpet
Michael White Drums
Dave Woodford Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
Tip Wyman Mixing Assistant

May 16, 2022

Summer Horns at Sea

On Sunday night, after a day in Cork, Ireland, the Summer Horns reunited on the Dave Koz Cruise following their critically-acclaimed 2021 U.S. tour.

The four horns (Mindi, Dave, Richard Elliott and Vincent Ingala) were joined on stage by Kenny Lattimore and Cory Wong with his band.

May 15, 2022

Sax Summit

Following her triumphant (and first) visit to Portugal, where she performed at the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival, Mindi and Eric headed to Amsterdam and boarded the Dave Koz Cruise bound for the British Isles.

The first day at sea featured the popular Sax Summit with Mindi, Dave, Richard Elliot, Candy Dulfer, Marcus Anderson, Eric Darius, Kirk Whalum and Adrian Crutchfield.

May 15, 2022

Meanwhile, Back in St. Petersburg

Just published … The 50th edition yearbook of the Northside Christian School - and our favorite sax player graces the cover.

Mindi attended Northside Christian from Kindergarten through her Senior year of High School, leading the marching band as drum major, and graduating as the Salutatorian.

May 6, 2022

May The "Stars" Be With You

While May the Fourth (5/4) is generally recognized as "Star Wars Day" (with apologies to Dave Brubeck), today we celebrate "Stars Day".

Because it was on this day, fourteen years ago, that Mindi released her "Stars" album.

The album peaked at Number 4 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart with her single "Smile" reaching No. 1 on the R&R jazz airplay charts. Simultaneously, the single "Stars" (co-written and produced by Matthew Hager) charted at Number 29 Adult Contemporary R&R.

Several of the songs have appeared on Mindi's weekly Wine+Music Sessions, and the opening song "Smile" made the "Best Of Mindi Abair" album. The full track list included...

Smile
On And On
Out Of The Blue
Stars
F.L.A. Swing
I Wonder
Gingerbread Man
Change
Mojo
Here For You
Gonna Be Alright

CREDITS

Mindi Abair Composer, Flute, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Primary Artist, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Saxophone, Vocal Arrangement, Vocals
Joshua Blanchard Assistant Engineer
Charlean Carmon Vocals (Background)
Ryan Dankanich Sax (Baritone)
Shawn Davis Bass, Guitar (Bass)
Brendan Dekora Assistant Engineer
Richard Dodd Cello
Dee-Dee Foster Vocals (Background)
Matthew Hager Bass, Composer, Drum Programming, Engineer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Sound Effects, String Arrangements, Tambourine, Vocals (Background)
Bud Harner Management
Kenya Hathaway Vocals (Background)
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Valerie Ince Label Coordination
Abe Laboriel, Jr. Drums, Tambourine
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Patty Palazzo Art Direction, Package Design
Ricky Peterson Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer Piano
Dwight Sills Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Jason Steele Synthesizer Strings
Steve Sykes Engineer, Mixing
John Taylor Guitar (Acoustic)
Stephen Tirpak Horn, Horn Arrangements, Trombone, Trumpet
Mark Wexler Executive Producer

Back in 2008, Jonathan Widran, writing for AllMusic, included some interesting references. Mindi's college friends Abraham Laboriel, Jr (who went on to play in Paul McCartney's band) and Matthew Hager return for the just-released "Forever" album. And Jonathan mentioned "the ongoing despair and difficulties of life around the globe in the 2000s".

On one of 2008's most popular and dynamic urban contemporary jazz releases, the popular saxophonist made certain to live up to the lofty title of her previous outing, Life Less Ordinary. Aiming for those Stars, she expanded on the vocalizing she did on her earlier outings and wrote a batch of infectious songs that showcased her attractive vocals like never before. Five tracks -- nearly half the disc -- are adult contemporary pop songs that fit comfortably on the charts alongside John Mayer, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Sara Bareilles.

It may have seemed risky to push the envelope after scoring a number one album, but her instrumental hits always showed that she was a popster at heart. Helping Abair and her guitarist/producer Matthew Hager realize her creative "outside the box" approach is a choice group of stalwarts from the pop world: keyboardist Ricky Peterson, drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr., and Richard Dodd, cello player for the Foo Fighters.

With the media so immersed in reflecting the ongoing despair and difficulties of life around the globe in the 2000s, Abair's ultimate goal with her five vocal tracks is to bring light to the darkness, an unapologetic, optimistic sense of hope and idealism. Case in point: the lilting folk-pop tune "Change," written with frequent collaborator Tyrone Stevens, says that change is the one thing we can count on, and also the concept that can bring us all together.

On the power pop title track ballad, she looks to the "Stars" as a connective thread between lovers who are far apart in physical distance. The Elton John/Lionel Richie-influenced "On and On" reflects wistfully on the innocence of her small-town youth (in St. Petersburg, FL) and the way music has become an integral spiritual part of so many people's lives. Her heartfelt, keyboard-driven anthem "I Wonder" is her generation's twist on the concept of "Imagine," while "Here for You" is an uplifting, autobiographical old-school soul-blues ballad that chronicles her incredible years-long friendship with Hager. These are smartly balanced by instrumentals that range from light and jangling ("Smile") to edgy, bluesy, and funky ("F.L.A. Swing").

April 25, 2022

In Concert For Cancer

We are very grateful for ICFC board members Mindi Abair and Judith Hill. Both of these big hearted talented ladies have passionately supported our mission for many years, wowing fans everywhere they perform.

Here's a fun clip of them performing together, backed by 12 incredible musicians at last year's ICFC 10th Anniversary celebration. 🔥 Enjoy Stevie Wonder's, "I Wish!"...

April 18, 2022

Living a "Life Less Ordinary" for 16 years

Today marks the 16th anniversary of Mindi's "Life Less Ordinary" album.

Released on April 18, 2006, the album, co-written with Mindi's good friend Matthew Hager (and recorded in his Hollywood bungalow) jumped to #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart. Mindi talks about recording in Matthew's home...

The beauty of recording there was that we could take our time ... make mistakes ... try things that maybe we wouldn't in a big studio with a clock ticking or people watching. Matthew and I went to Berklee together and have been best friends since then. We've seen each other through a lot of music and a lot of phases and experiences. It's great because I'll play a solo and he knows me so well that he'll say, "Take it again. It didn't sound like you. It has to be something you'd play and only you'd play!" Wow. Who else would know what makes me me as a player, but a friend who's been in the trenches with me the whole time as I evolved and learned and became who I am? That's incredible.

And recording in his house in a familiar place is priceless. There's no pressure to be something I'm not. There's no pressure to play perfectly. We're just there to create. Some of the best "takes" on the record are takes that we were just playing around as we wrote the song.

We went back in a bigger studio later to "recreate" those tracks more perfectly, and it wasn't the same vibe, the same spirit. We'd end up using the "demo" because it had more heart and soul and spontaneity. There's a spirit to friends writing a song together and just having fun in the moment.

And talking about an inspiration for the album, she tells us...

One of my major influences for my cd was Rickie Lee Jones's "The Magazine". I couldn't stop listening to it! I ended up covering one of her songs "It Must Be Love". I changed it quite a bit, but it's a tribute to her and what a great writer and artist she is to me.

Several of the additional tracks continue to make their way into Mindi's current shows:

The Joint - A down and dirty, rock/soul jam that's both retro and raucous - an homage to all the broken-down, vibey clubs she played on the way up.

Bloom- Stadium Jazz (by her own definition) where she encourages audiences to wave their lighters (now cell phones) back and forth. Bloom is also included on Mindi's "Best of" album.

Other highlights from the album include:

It Must Be Love - Featuring Lalah Hathaway on background vocals and Keb' Mo' on a trippy dobro solo.

Rain- A tribute to the spirit of the Hurricane Katrina survivors.

COMPLETE TRACK LIST

1 DO YOU MISS ME?
2 LONG RIDE HOME
3 IT MUST BE LOVE
4 THE JOINT
5 RAIN
6 TRUE BLUE
7 SLINKY
8 ORDINARY LOVE
9 BLOOM
10 FAR AWAY

CREDITS

Acoustic Goffrey Moore, Matthew Hager
Alto Saxophone - Mindi Abair
Arranged by (String Arrangements) - Julie Rogers
Art Direction - Hollis King
Background Vocals, Lead Vocals - Mindi Abair
Featured Background Vocals - Lalah Hathaway
Bass - Larry Klein, Matthew Hager, Stan Sargeant
Cello - Timothy Loo
Congas - Paulinho Da Costa
Cymbal [Ride Cymbal] - Bud Harner
Design - Isabelle Wong, Isthetic Dobro - Keb' Mo'
Drum Programming - Matthew Hager, Stevo Théard
Drums - Jamey Tate, John "J.R." Robinson, Juan Hercules
Electric Guitar - Goffrey Moore, Matthew Hager, Michael Landau
Electric Piano - Mindi Abair, Ricky Peterson
Engineer [Additional Engineering By] - Matthew Hager
Engineer [Assistant Engineer, Capitol Studios] - Aaron Walk
Engineer [Assistant Engineer, Castle Oaks] - Joshua Blanchard
Engineer [Engineered By], Mixed By - Steve Sykes
Executive-Producer - Bud Harner
Guitar - Matthew Hager, Michael Landau
Keyboards - Matthew Hager, Mindi Abair, Stevo Théard
Management - Garry C. Kief, Jerry J. Sharell
Mastered By - Stephen Marcussen
Organ - Ricky Peterson
Percussion - Matthew Hager, Paulinho Da Costa
Photography By - Jeff Bender
Piano - Ricky Peterson
Producer [Additional Production] - Stevo Théard
Producer [Produced By] - Matthew Hager
Programmed By [Programming] - Matthew Hager
Slide Guitar - Matthew Hager
Soprano Saxophone - Mindi Abair
String Arrangement - Julie Rogers
Synth Bass - Matthew Hager
Tambourine - Matthew Hager
Viola - Caroline Buckman
Violin - Alwyn Wright, Julie Rogers
Vocals - Mindi Abair
Voice [Talking Out Of Turn] - Mindi Abair
Written-By - Matthew Hager, Mindi Abair, Stevo Théard

Watch Mindi perform "Bloom" live on last December's Peter White Christmas tour ...

And here's to living many more years of a "Life Less Ordinary".

April 14, 2022

Mindi featured in new High Heels of Jazz Exhibit

From the Winston-Salem Chronicle

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Both jazz and blues originated in the Deep South around the end of the 19th century. The blues came out of the African American communities, from their work songs, spirituals, field chants and hollers. Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime style of piano playing.

Bobby Roebuck primarily is a jazz photographer, with a unique artistic vision. He is a creative photographer striving to capture the essence of moments to be etched in memories for a lifetime. Bobby taps into his natural talent as a visual artist and utilizes his ability to manipulate light to bring out the true beauty in his subject matter.

Bobby shoots jazz concerts and is always fascinated with the dynamic musicians’ ability to bring sweet melodies to the listener’s ears. He becomes energized along the photographer’s pit as he catches each expression of the performers and maneuvers in the right position to secure the unbelievable expressions demonstrated in each face.

Eight of Bobby’s photographs are on exhibit at The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (SECCA), highlighting all female jazz musicians, in celebration of April’s Jazz Appreciation Month, as well as Women’s History month, which ended in March. The exhibit, called “The High Heels of Jazz,” highlight women in jazz: flutist Althea Rene; saxophonist Jazmin Ghent; saxophonist Jeanette Harris; guitarist Andrea Lisa; saxophonist Mindi Abair; violinist Chelsea Greene; saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin; and flutist, Kim Scott.

SECCA’s Southern Idiom exhibition series launched in 2017 as a platform to elevate and celebrate the work of Winston-Salem artists. In contrast to many exhibitions at SECCA, works on view in Southern Idiom are available for purchase. Bobby Roebuck’s exhibition marks the 26th installment of the series, whose alumni artists include Sharon Hardin, Terri Dowell-Dennis, Ashley Johnson, Frank Campion, Mona Wu, Owens Daniels, Jessica Singerman, Leo Rucker, Kevin Calhoun, Paul Travis Phillips, Laura Lashley, Sam “The Dot Man” McMillan and others.

Nearly 50 people attended the opening reception on Saturday, April 9, with excitement and energy while viewing the exhibition. Mentor and artist, Jerry Haynes, was quoted saying, “Bobby’s art is an expression of himself by bringing out the heart and soul of the artist.” He described Bobby as a “Renaissance Man,” meaning he goes the extra mile to make sure the viewer feels the energy of the musician on stage.

Owens Daniels, local friend, artist and photographer, who was also intrigued by the exhibit, stated, “Bobby is known for his memorable downtown jazz festival posts on Facebook and other social media outlets. Bobby captures the essence of the musicians. You can literally see the expressions in the eyes of the artist and while viewing the piece you can get that toe-tapping and finger-snapping beat. The two-dimensional lighting and placement of the camera help the observer enter into a magical place.”

Bobby shared with the gallery audience: “As a photographer, my intent is to capture the expressions of the moment in the faces of the subject being photographed. Each expression promotes the energy, experience, and love for the music. The person seeing my photograph should almost feel like they are along the stage witnessing the show or concert. Through the use of stage lighting or my personal production lighting, the lights add shadows that demonstrate a dramatic image of the face, hands or a toe-tapping beat, which helps to mark the timing of the music.  Music and lighting bring life to the stage … and that’s what I want communicated to the viewer.”

The exhibition will be up through May 8. SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. Come out and enjoy the experience of the High Heels of Jazz by Photographer Bobby Roebuck. Admission is free.

March 18, 2022

Mindi Abair - FOREVER!

Happy Drop Day!

Mindi's newest album "FOREVER" was officially released at one minute after midnight.

She tells us ...

I recorded this album as the world shut down in March 2020. It's been a long journey to this beautiful day.

Featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Raul Malo (The Mavericks), with special appearances by Steve Perry (Journey), Rick Braun and Eric Bazilian (The Hooters), this is a very personal album that represents a coming back to myself as a solo artist and a strong sense of knowing who I am.

I hope you love my new album as much as I loved creating it. Make sure to turn it up!

TRACK LIST

01 FINE WINE AND VINYL
02 FOREVER
03 CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
04 ALIVE
05 SAY IT WITH LOVE
06 APRIL
07 WHAT ABOUT LOVE?
08 WHERE THERE’S A WOMAN THERE’S A WAY
09 NOTHING EVER HURT LIKE YOU
10 MIDNIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO

PERSONNEL

Mindi Abair - Composer, Group Member, Horn Engineer, Primary Artist, Producer, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Vocal Engineer, Vocals
Greg Allen - Photography
Abby Anderson - Composer
Eric Bazilian - Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Mandola, Organ
Michael Becker - Photography
Niko Bolas - Engineer, Handclapping, Mixing
Rick Braun - Trombone, Trumpet
Richard Dodd - Mastering
Greg Foeller - Assistant Engineer
Eric Guerra - Handclapping
Matthew Hager - Composer
Bud Harner - Handclapping, Producer
Sean Hurley - Bass, Handclapping
Andrew Joslyn - String Arrangements, String Engineer, Viola, Violin
Abe Laboriel, Jr. - Drums, Group Member, Handclapping
Nick Lane - Horn Arrangements
Rodney Lee - Handclapping, Keyboards, Programming
Jason Lehning - Composer
Raul Malo - Featured Artist, Vocals
Roy McClurg - Executive Producer, Handclapping
James Morrison - Composer
Steve Perry - Group Member
Jim Peterik - Composer
Cindi Peters - Production Coordination
Tim Pierce - Guitar, Guitar Engineer, Handclapping, Mandolin
The Rainbows - Vocals (Background)
Kevin Reagan - Art Direction, Design
Third Richardson - Drums
Wayne Rodrigues - Drum Programming, Programming
Anthony Russo - Assistant Engineer
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Featured Artist, Soloist
Tyrone Stevens - Composer, Vocal Engineer
Melanie Taylor - Group Member
Anna Vaus - Composer
Chris Weaver - Composer
Eli Weinberger - Cello
Ben White - Bass

And, just in case you may have missed it, please check your email as Mindi, yesterday, sent all MindiWorld members a link to the complete album. We hope you enjoy this very thoughtful gift.

Watch the trailer to the new album here ...

February 25, 2022

It's Just Been Happening That Way - For 19 Years

Nineteen years ago today, Mindi released her first record produced by a major label.

GRP (a division of Verve Records) had signed Mindi and released "It Just Happens That Way". The album was recorded in August 2002 at Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, California.

Several original songs from the record have stood the test of time. "Lucy's" (Mindi's first big hit) and "Flirt" continue to be highlights of her live shows.

In addition to some top-notch studio musicians, the album also included guest artists Marc Antoine (guitar), Jeff Golub (guitar), Dwight Sills (guitar), John Taylor (vocals) and Peter White (accordion). Mindi's long-time friend Matthew Hager co-wrote most of the songs with her, and also performs on the album.

TRACK LIST

1 Lucy's
2 Flirt
3 Save The Last Dance
4 As Good As It Gets
5 Save Tonight
6 Right On
7 It Just Happens That Way
8 Salt And Lime
9 Momo
10 Play
11 Remember
12 Home

PERSONNEL

Mindi Abair - Composer, Keyboards, Primary Artist, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Vocals, Vox Organ, Wind Chimes
Marc Antoine - Guest Artist, Guitar
Terri Apanasewicz - Make-Up
Eva Artema - Hair Stylist
Dave Carpenter - Bass (Upright)
Lenny Castro - Percussion
Celestine - Hair Stylist
Colleen Conway - Hair Stylist
Steve Ferrone - Drums
Jeff Golub - Guest Artist, Guitar
Matthew Hager - Bass, Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Keyboards, Noise, Producer, Programming, Vocals (Background)
Bud Harner - Executive Producer, Hi Hat, Producer, Ride Cymbal
Rika Ichiki - Design
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki - Engineer
Hollis King - Art Direction
Michael Landau - Guitar
Greg Manning - Fender Rhodes, Organ
Stephen Marcussen - Mastering
Ricky Peterson - Fender Rhodes, Guest Artist, Piano
Kelly Pratt - Release Coordinator
Stan Sargeant - Bass
Rocky Schenck - Photography
Dwight Sills - Guest Artist, Guitar
Robert Silverberg - Release Coordinator
Steve Sykes - Engineer
John Taylor - Guest Artist, Vocals
Lee Thornburg - Trombone, Trumpet
Deborah Waknin - Stylist, Wardrobe
Peter White - Accordion