MINDI ABAIR - American Idol, Aerosmith
Theo is a master craftsman and creative genius. His mouthpieces have allowed me to take my music to the next level.
Saxophonist/Singer/Songwriter Mindi Abair has not only set sonic trends, but has broken all the boundaries as she continues to define the less traditional future of jazz. Her own brand of pop and soul meets jazz adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists. Raised on the road with her father’s band, she graduated from Berklee College of Music and headed to Los Angeles where she became a sought after sideman. She signed to Verve Records in 2002 and never looked back. Her solo career has produced 10 #1 radio singles, and her records have consistently topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. She has hosted the internationally syndicated radio show “Chill With Mindi Abair” for 5 years, and has successful 5 major label solo releases to her credit “It Just Happens That Way” (2003), “Come As You Are” (2004), “Life Less Ordinary” (2006), “Stars” (2008), and “In Hi Fi Stereo” (2010). She is an elected governor for the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS, and is an Artist Ambassador for Campell’s Labels for Education and The Grammy Foundation. She's been featured on the last two seasons of "American Idol", won 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 authored the book "How To Play Madison Square Garden - A Guide To Stage Performance." She is currently touring the US and abroad with her band. 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, Adam Sandler, Max Weinberg, Mocean Worker, Bill Champlin, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Sheila E, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun.