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Mindi Abair talks about returning home to play and more

Mindi Abair, right, jams with Buddy Guy at the 2015 Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

Jay Cridlin

Mindi Abair, right, jams with Buddy Guy at the 2015 Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

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December

Hours before jamming on stage with Buddy Guy at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Mindi Abair was just hoping to meet him.

She was backstage in a trailer, dabbing on makeup and sipping cabernet, her silver saxophone at the ready. A few weeks earlier, she'd released her first live album, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers Live in Seattle. A few weeks later, she'd be touring in Japan. After that, jamming with the Roots on The Tonight Show.

Abair, who performs with jazz guitarist Peter White on Thursday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater (click here for details), has played with Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, the Backstreet Boys at the pinnacle of their fame. But jazz saxophonists can only get so famous. It's unlikely Guy had ever heard of her.

All Abair could do was rehearse and be ready. She and the Boneshakers, her band for the night, circled on couches and chairs in the trailer to warm up, go over the set list, run through the smoky funk jam Gone.

"Let's kill it extra," Abair told them. "It's my hometown."

For our full profile of Mindi Abair, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 8:32am]

    

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