They are two of smooth Jazz’s biggest superstars. A veteran barefoot guitar player who has achieved top 40 success and a spit-fire blonde saxophonist who plays second to no one. They are none other than Peter White and Mindi Abair. These two phenomenal musicians have been teaming up on the road for many years and their performance is evidence of compatability. They work together effortlessly. It’s musical magic. They perform on the NYC Smooth Jazz cruise Wednesday July 24th.
Peter White, Mindi Abair, Dave Koz – Bueno Funk at the Spaghettini Dave Koz 2013 Cruise Party
For over two decades, Peter has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Smooth jazz fans worldwide are enthralled by his spirited melodies, soulful grooves and inviting, instantly recognizable acoustic guitar tone. He’s always enjoyed finding unique ways to bring his modern sensibilities to cherished pop classics — and thanks to the smooth jazz format’s affinity for instrumental cover songs, two of the amazing thirteen #1 Radio & Records airplay hits he’s had through the years, “The Closer I Get To You” and “Walk On By,” have become enduring staples of the format.
Peter White & Mindi Abair perform “Smile” – The Smooth Cruise Series 2009
Pop music fans were listening to his classic acoustic guitar style even before the advent of the New Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz formats, most notably via his collaborations with British folk/pop singer Al Stewart. The Stewart-White partnership, which culminated with the dual live recording “Rhymes in Rooms” in the mid-90s, spanned over 20 years. White played on Stewart’s landmark “Year of the Cat” album, co-wrote and performed on two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Time Passages” and “Midnight Rocks.”
Peter White Mindi Abair Whose That Lady Live at the Spaghettini Dave koz 2013 Cruise Party
Mindi Abair shines as one of the contemporary jazz artists who crosses over into the world of pop. Her unique hybrid sound and mix of cool vulnerability and utter conviction gives the likes of John Mayer and Corinne Baily Rae a run for their barrier breaking money. Mindi’s own brand of pop meets jazz adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists who, like her, are powerful instrumentalists as well as thought-provoking singer songwriters.
MINDY ABAIR “LUCY’S” w/ Kirk Whalum & Peter White
Perhaps John Taylor, famed Duran Duran bassist, says it best about her stunning melodies and heartfelt lyrics, citing her 2008 album Stars, a genre-busting, breathtaking combination of contemporary jazz and Top 40 torch songs. He notes, “It will be love at first listen.” Mindi’s first single from the album, the title track “Stars,” struck genre transcending success, charting number 29 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Peter White “Bullseye” November 14, 2007-Tokyo
Peter and Mindi have also created a smooth jazz Christmas spectacular that rivals the Rockets at Radio City Music Hall. See them this coming Wednesday and you’ll see great musical chemistry before your eyes. And it will be intoxicating for your ears.
Flavor of Jazz interviews of Peter White and Mindi Abair for TampaBayNightLife.TV
On July 24th, Peter White and Mindi Abair perform two shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Celebrate the Smooth Cruises’ 16th year on the Hudson, aboard The Spirit of New York, located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers (23rd St & West Side Highway). For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.smoothjazznewyork.com. Tickets are ON SALE NOW online and by phone. Standard tickets for the Wednesday, June 24th are $59.50.