Artist of the day: Mindi Abair
This year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday may not be as, um, jazz-centric as in years past (thanks, Avett Brothers and Bonnie Raitt). But one jazz name on the bill is especially notable. Local-turned-national saxophonist Mindi Abair is the Friday night headliner.
St. Pete's Abair has model looks and all-world chops, plus a nose for sly marketability. In the 2011 season of American Idol, judge Steven Tyler watched a full-band performance from contestant Paul McDonald. After he was done, the famously randy Tyler asked, "Forget you; who's your sax player?" Abair later joined Aerosmith on a summer tour.
Mindi Abair and Friends featuring Jeff Golub and David Pack perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Coachman Park. Click here for details on the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.