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Mindi Abair

Any artist who takes his or her craft seriously will inevitably reach a point on the journey when history can no longer be overlooked. The direct line between the music of now and the music of then becomes too important to ignore, and the riches of generations past are suddenly rediscovered—and eventually reinterpreted for a new era.

Saxophonist Mindi Abair has reached that critical juncture. After more than a decade of performing, songwriting and recording, she has taken a step back from the more polished sensibilities of contemporary jazz and embraced the sounds of past decades—specifically the ‘60s and early ‘70s, a period widely regarded as the golden age of R&B, soul and funk. The result is In Hi-Fi Stereo, her new album set for release on May 18, 2010, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. The album captures the raw and edgy aesthetic of that golden age, when a slab of vinyl could instantaneously put band and listener together in the same room and establish a visceral and enduring connection. Loaded with infectious grooves generated by a high-caliber crew of players, In Hi-Fi Stereo rekindles that spark for a new generation of ears.

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Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 9-Day, 17th Edition Starts June 22

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 9-Day, 17th Edition Starts June 22

The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30, presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The festival's 17th edition is presented in three series—the Club Pass series with 214 shows, the Headliner series of six shows and 97 free shows and ...

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Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the complete lineup for the festival’s 17th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The 2018 Festival is presented in three series ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre

Read "Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers The Empress Theatre The EastWest Sessions CD Release Party Vallejo, CA November 10, 2017 Two time Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, primarily known as a successful smooth/contemporary jazz musician and vocalist has moved into a new funk and rock oriented direction. Tonight's date at downtown ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carol Duboc: Open The Curtains

Read "Open The Curtains" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Jazz vocalist and pianist Carol Duboc delivers her eighth solo album presenting seven vibrant originals and three cover tunes on a set of jazz, R&B, funk and Smooth-styled music on the exciting Open The Curtains. Making this a special recording for Duboc, the singer illuminates the power of women by assembling an all-star, talented cast of ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz by Chris Becker

Read "Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz by Chris Becker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz Chris Becker 332 Pages ISBN: # 978-0692543603 Beckeresque 2015 Houstonian writer and composer Chris Becker had a labor of love in mind when he set out to assemble his Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz. What may have begun ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

The Soul of Jazz: Stories and Inspiration from Those Who Followed the Song in Their Souls

Read "The Soul of Jazz: Stories and Inspiration from Those Who Followed the Song in Their Souls" reviewed by Trish Richardson

The Soul of Jazz: Stories and Inspiration from Those Who Followed the Song in Their Souls by Trish Richardson (Grayson James Press, 2011) includes interviews with nineteen world renowned jazz artists. The following is an excerpt from saxophonist Mindi Abair's chapter: What have you learned about your character as a result of being in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mindi Abair: Game Changer

Read "Mindi Abair: Game Changer" reviewed by Trish Richardson

You know a dream is like a river, Ever changing as it flows. And a dreamer's just a vessel, That must follow where it goes. --"The River," vocals by Garth Brooks, lyrics by Victoria Lynn Shaw You know what it's like to wake up in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

New single from the late guitarist Jeff Golub debuts in the Billboard Top 20 ahead of Tuesday’s album release with sales benefitting The Golub family. New York, NY: A few days prior to New Year’s Day, the day guitarist Jeff Golub passed away at age 59, his frequent collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner ...

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DW3 Pays “Tribute” To Their Late Drummer-Mentor Ricky Lawson

DW3 Pays “Tribute” To Their Late Drummer-Mentor Ricky Lawson

R&B vocal band goes retro on their sophomore album, Vintage Truth, due March 17, with assistance from contemporary jazz luminaries Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Paul Brown, Greg Adams and Elan Trotman. Los Angeles, CA: At the untimely passing of the drummer Steely Dan’s Walter Becker described as having perfect timing, Ricky Lawson was only four songs ...


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