Thu, Feb 13 -
Doors open at 5:30 PM each night.
Sun, Feb 16, 2014
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes contemporary sax sensation Mindi Abair. Band members include Rodney Lee (keys), Jay Gore (guitar), Jamie Tate (drums) and Derek Frank (bass). Set times Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday are at 7:30pm, with an additional show at 9:30 on Saturday. Doors open at 5:30pm. (Please see our calendar for more information about Mindi’s special Valentine’s pre-sale show on Friday.)
One of the most recognizable saxophonists in the US, Mindi Abair has sold a half million records as a solo artist, but you probably know her as the featured saxophonist on American Idol for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Mindi's collaboration CD Summer Horns (2013) with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, and Richard Elliot hit #1 for 2 weeks straight on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart upon release. Over the past 2 years, she has toured the US with Aerosmith as their only saxophonist since 1973, sat in for a night with Bruce Springsteen at the famed Beacon Theater, and even taken the saxophone chair over for 2 shows with Paul Shaffer and the Late Show with David Letterman.
As a solo artist, she has carved out her own brand as the rocker of the jazz world, and she adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists. She was raised on the road with her father’s band, but this is not your father’s jazz band. Mindi brings a fearless energy and abandon to the stage as a powerhouse on the saxophone, hearkening back to the days of Junior Walker or King Curtis. Her solo career has produced 10 #1 radio singles and 6 major label solo releases that have topped the Contemporary Jazz Charts.
Mindi has hosted the internationally syndicated radio show “Chill With Mindi Abair” for 8 years. She is the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS. She has won numerous awards, most recently the Best International Instrumentalist at the 2011 Wave Awards in Toronto, and Best Female Artist of the Year at the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. She also appeared the 2012 season on the Fran Drescher show “Happily Divorced.” In addition, Mindi authored the book “How To Play Madison Square Garden – A Guide To Stage Performance.”
The list of artists she has toured or recorded with are a testament to her talent. They include Aerosmith, Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Lee Ritenour, the Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Max Weinberg, Bill Champlin, David Pack, Mocean Worker, Adam Sandler, Rick Braun, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, and Peter White.
Tower of PowerThu, Jan 22 - Sun, Jan 25
East Bay soul legends and annual funk favorite.
(Thursday 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday 7:30p & 9:30p and Sunday 7:30p shows are sold out!)