57th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
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"[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, Jonathan Butler, and Adam Sandler, as well as contributed to a number of album 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. To date, she has garnered 9 top five solo albums, two No. 1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and a No. 3 spot on the Billboard Blues chart. She has sold over half a million albums.
In 2015 Mindi joined forces with The Boneshakers. In 2018 the band won 8 Independent Blues Awards including Artist of the Year, the LA Critics Award for Best Holiday Album, and an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Song Fan Award for “Pretty Good For A Girl” featuring Joe Bonamassa.
Abair received her first career GRAMMY nomination 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 Concord Records release Wild Heart featuring the late Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’ and Max Weinberg.
In 2011 Abair released a booked titled, How To Play Madison Square Garden: A How-To Guide To Stage Performance and appeared as the featured saxophonist on 2 seasons of American Idol.
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 as national Trustee for The Recording Academy and the Co-Chair of the National Advocacy Committee.
Mindi has toured and/or recorded with: Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa, Smokey Robinson, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Gregg Allman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Fantastic Negrito, Waddy Wachtel, Bobby Rush, Keb’ Mo’, Teena Marie, Lee Ritenour, Adam Sandler, Duran Duran, Bill Champlin, Jimmy Webb, Max Weinberg, Dave Koz, Mandy Moore, Lalah Hathaway and the Backstreet Boys.