The WAVE’s Smooth Night Out featuring Boney James, Norman Brown & Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Spencer Day and Vincent Ingala is quickly approaching showtime on Feb. 23rd at Nokia Theatre, and to help get us excited for the big night, Mindi Abair herself joined us in studio!
Mindi sat down with Pat Prescott to tease listeners a little of what to expect during her set of the show and to talk about an exciting new project she’s working on with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot!
One of the things Mindi is looking forward to the most about playing at Nokia Theatre is that she’ll be in the company of family and friends.
“I very rarely get to play here at home. The shows are always different when you’re playing for your families and your friends so I’m just looking forward to it,” she said. “My band, they’re ready to go.”
We know Mindi as the fiery saxophonist who commands the stage with her unique blend of rock fused with jazz, but she tells us about the struggles she faced as an aspiring musician before she finally made it big.
From the moment Mindi’s solo career began, she noted that The WAVE has always played a part in helping her succeed. She recalls the moment she heard her song “Lucy’s” being played on air for the very first time on The WAVE.
“I was driving down the street, I will never forget it, and I heard it come on the radio,” she remembered.”I looked down and thought ‘did my CD just kick in?’ and no, sure enough it was on the radio.”
“You guys really built my career by playing my music, a lot of the other stations in the country took notice,” added Mindi.