On Tuesday, Nov. 18, powerhouse saxophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair will sit in at the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville – which is pretty special…and pretty unheard of for a contemporary jazz artist or saxophonist. She will sing the Dolly Parton hit “If I Had Wings” and play sax. She is also confirmed to sit in with country legend T.G. Sheppard for his hit “Party Time.”
Abair is one of the most dynamic performers on the music scene today. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, she was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. She received a 2014 GRAMMY nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for “Summer Horns,” a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot.
Several more friends joined Abair on “Wild Heart,” her recent #1 album that includes guest performances by – and songwriting collaborations with – Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Trombone Shorty, Max Weinberg, Waddy Wachtel and others. Produced by Abair and Los Angeles production trio The Decoders, “Wild Heart” was released May 27 on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group.