Mindi Abair Interview: “Every record label turned me down MULTIPLE times…”

Mindi Abair Interview: Encouraged to start her own band while studying at Berklee, Mindi moved out to LA when she graduated, to do just this. Great convo on a lot of the early struggles she had trying to get established, and how busking in the streets ultimately created the break she needed. Stories about playing with the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran (“Forget about the music, what are you wearing…?”), Aerosmith (an unexpected audition), Adam Sandler & others… What prompted her to start her other entrepreneurial endeavors, GAS for sax players, finding herself musically, taking a serious leap of faith, why “If you haven’t been down before, then you haven’t been in the music business very long…” and much more

Mindi Abair Interview: Mindi Abair is both a successful side woman and artist. She plays saxophone, keyboards & percussion and has a hell of a voice. She was the featured saxophonist on 2 seasons of American Idol, and the first saxophonist touring with Aerosmith since 1973. She has released 9 studio, 1 live, and 2 Christmas LP’s… has 12 #1 radio hits in the jazz & blues world, two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart and 2 #3 spots on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. She’s also an author, served almost 10 years as an LA Chapter Governor, President and National Trustee for The Recording Academy, and owns Reserve Tastings Wine Company. As a side woman, she’s played with Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Perry, Gregg Allman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jim Peterik, Keb’ Mo’, Mandy Moore, Lee Ritenour, Adam Sandler, Duran Duran, Bill Champlin, Max Weinberg and others

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