Who were Mindi Abair’s birthday party guests in Hollywood?

Mindi Abair with her birthday bouquet during her birthday party in Hollywood, CA, on May 23 (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair with her birthday bouquet during her birthday party in Hollywood, CA, on May 23 (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair celebrated her birthday during Memorial Day weekend at her Hollywood home with celebrity guests from all facets of the entertainment industry (music, TV and movies).

Mindi Abair partying with friends at her Hollywood home (photos by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair partying with friends at her Hollywood home (photos by David Hopley)

Saxophonist Michael Lington, guitarists Randy Jacobs & Chris Standring, vocalist Ellis Hall, keyboardist Patrick Bradley & multi-instrumentalist Dino Soldo were some of Mindi’s smooth jazz friends attending her backyard bash.

Sweetpea Atkinson from the Boneshakers band and Shawn Amos kept the blues vibe going.

Sweetpea Atkinson (The Boneshakers) enjoying birthday cake & Mindi Abair on his lap (photo by David Hopley)

Sweetpea Atkinson (The Boneshakers) enjoying birthday cake & Mindi Abair on his lap (photo by David Hopley)

Although Bill Withers was unable to attend the party, which included full bar service and a catered Greek menu, his wife, Marcia, and daughter, Kori, enjoyed the music and merriment.
Lance Abair hanging out around the fire pit during his daughter's birthday celebration (photo by David Hopley)

Lance Abair hanging out around the fire pit during his daughter’s birthday celebration (photo by David Hopley)

While a few of Mindi’s eclectic array of musical friends gathered around the glass fire pit, seated in comfy wooden patio chairs chatting with the birthday girl’s father, saxophonist Lance Abair, many of the guests negotiated the standring-room only crowd.

Ellis Hall & Mindi Abair jammin' at her birthday party (photo by David Hopley)

Ellis Hall & Mindi Abair jammin’ at her birthday party (photo by David Hopley)

Henry Duarte (rock fashion designer for Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, etc.) mingled with Tommy Coster, Jr. (Eminem’s co-writer of “The Real Slim Shady”), Keith Allison of Paul Revere and The Raiders, Adam Dorn (the man behind Mocean Worker) and Caprice Crane (best-selling author and the daughter of Tina Louise who played Ginger on the ’60s hit TV show “Gilligan’s Island.”)

Lisa Bradley, Steve Chapman, Patrick Bradley & his daughter, Heather Bradley (photo by David Hopley)

Lisa Bradley, Steve Chapman, Patrick Bradley & his daughter, Heather Bradley (photo by David Hopley)

Dick Blasucci, who used to head up MadTV toasted the birthday girl alongside other guests such as Felice Manicini (Henry Mancini’s daughter and president of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation) and Harvey Mason, Jr. (son of Harvey Mason Sr. and producer/writer for artists such as Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, etc.)

Holly & Tracy Carter, Pat Prescott & Randy Jacobs inside Mindi's house celebrating her birthday (photo by David Hopley)

Holly & Tracy Carter, Pat Prescott & Randy Jacobs inside Mindi’s house celebrating her birthday (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair & Chris Standring (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair & Chris Standring (photo by David Hopley)

Penny McGlure & husband, Madison Guerra, Pat Prescott & Mindi's boyfriend, Eric Guerra (photo by David Hopley)

Penny & Roy McGlure, Madison Guerra, Pat Prescott & Mindi’s boyfriend, Eric Guerra (photo by David Hopley)

In addition to Smooth Jazz News, members of the media included 94.7 The WAVE’s Pat Prescott, publicist Jalila Larsuel and music critic Bob Lefsetz.

One of Mindi's birthday cakes (photo by David Hopley)

One of Mindi’s birthday cakes (photo by David Hopley)

The birthday girl getting ready to light the candles on her cakes (photo by David Hopley)

The birthday girl getting ready to light the candles on her cakes (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair blowing out candles on her birthday cakes (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair blowing out candles on her birthday cakes (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair & Madison Guerra (daughter of Mindi's boyfriend, Eric Guerra) - photo by David Hopley

Mindi Abair & Madison Guerra (daughter of Mindi’s boyfriend, Eric Guerra) – photo by David Hopley

Of course, there was also bowls of candy on every picnic table and a few birthday cakes, two of which were decorated with icing images of the sweetheart who loves sugary treats. Shortly before Mindi cut her cakes, also surrounded by her mother as well as high school and college friends, Ellis grabbed a guitar and started a brief jam session. And, when it was time to sing the “Happy Birthday” song, the melodic voices added to the magic of the evening.

Mindi Abair's birthday party at her home in Hollywood, CA  (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair’s birthday party at her home in Hollywood, CA (photo by David Hopley)

Happy Birthday, Mindi!

Mindi Abair enjoying Ellis Hall's jam during her birthday party (photo by David Hopley)

Mindi Abair enjoying Ellis Hall’s jam during her birthday party (photo by David Hopley)

By Melanie Maxwell

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