Saxophonist Mindi Abair has two Grammy nominations. She’s topped the Billboard charts, recorded seven solo albums and has spent two seasons on “American Idol.” She’s recorded and performed with some of the best musicians in the world.
But, she says, you can play in front of 100,000 people and someone will invariably say, “Pretty good for a girl.”
“I never thought about being a woman or a man or gay or straight, any of that, but it does slap you in the face at a certain point. ‘Oh, I am a woman,’” said the Manhattan Beach resident. “There are not many women playing instruments of any kind and especially the saxophone. There have been times in my life where that’s been great and there have been times in my life where that’s not such a great thing. Tina Turner wanted a new saxophonist years ago and I was not the right call, she wanted a guy with a tight shirt.”
Abair has fun with the gender issue with the song “Pretty Good for a Girl.” The song is featured on her new album, “The EastWest Sessions,” which she recorded with The Boneshakers. The album’s release is Friday, Sept. 15. Pretty Good for a Girl is also the name of her new company and the website, prettygoodforagirl.net, she founded to empower women.
“The EastWest Sessions” is the first studio album Abair has recorded with The Boneshakers, a funk/soul band co-founded more than 20 years ago by Randy Jacobs. When they first met, Abair sat in with them and was attracted to The Boneshakers “Detroit rock energy.” They joined forces for their first album, “Live in Seattle,” released…
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