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).
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.
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.
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.”)
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.)
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.
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.
Happy Birthday, Mindi!
By Melanie Maxwell