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A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair & Kirk Whalum
B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
December 10th, 7:30PM
$40 in Advance/$45 Day of Show/VIP Booths: $60 per person
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’Tis the season…for Peter White & Friends! Once again this jazz guitar favorite returns to New York to deliver his brand of holiday smooth jazz cheer, with some very impressive musical pals.
In his A Peter White Christmas, Peter White leads an all star lineup featuring Mindi Abair and Kirk Whalum, performing dazzling arrangements of holiday favorites. As a stellar performer, White has kept smooth jazz fans worldwide enthralled by his spirited melodies, soulful grooves and inviting, instantly recognizable acoustic guitar tone. Always finding unique ways to bring his modern sensibilities to cherished pop classics, his seasonal renditions are sure to captivate.
In its amazing 7th year, A Peter White Christmas returns to audiences with a new feel for 2011. Eight time Grammy nominated saxophonist Kirk Whalum has been invited to shake up the holiday season with Peter White and Mindi Abair. Kirk has recorded with legends Al Jarreau, Barbara Streisand, Quincy Jones, and was featured on Whitney Houston’s unforgettable “I Will Always Love You.” “Impressive” would certainly sum up his career but if you ask Kirk, he’d simply tell you, “It’s grace.”
A Peter White Christmas started back in 2005 as a duo of Peter and Midi touring all over the US. In 2006, *Rick Braun *joined them, adding his own stylistically eclectic trumpeting to the mix. The trio continued with the tour every holiday season up through 2008, took a break in 2009 and jumped back into the holiday spirit in 2010.
This new combination of Peter, Mindi, and Kirk will be another new dimension to this always upbeat and exciting show!
For nearly two decades, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. He has kept thousands of smooth jazz fans worldwide enthralled by his spirited melodies, soulful grooves and inviting, instantly recognizable acoustic guitar tone. He’s always had a blast 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 incredible 13 #1 Radio & Records airplay hits he’s enjoyed through the years, “The Closer I Get To You” and “Walk On By” (from 1994’s Reflections), have become enduring staples of the format.
However, 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,” and served as the Scottish singer’s bandleader while playing guitar, Hammond Organ and piano. He later co-produced Stewart’s Famous Last Words album.
White’s other major longtime association was with Basia, an early vocal star in the genre that later became known as smooth jazz. In 1984, his brother Danny White and a then unknown Basia formed the band Matt Bianco; Peter performed on the group’s album Who’s Side Are You On as well as on the hit single “Half a Minute.” When Basia and Danny left Matt Bianco to focus on her solo career, Peter White’s guitar and accordion became an integral flavor in her popular sound. He played on her three bestselling albums Time and Tide, London Warsaw New York and The Sweetest Illusion, and appeared on her live performance release Basia on Broadway. Basia sang on “Just Another Day,” which became a popular airplay hit from Caravan of Dreams.
Saxophonist/Singer/Songwriter Mindi Abair has not only set sonic trends, but has broken all the boundaries as she continues to define the less traditional future of jazz. Her own brand of pop and soul meets jazz adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists.
Raised on the road with her father’s band, she graduated from Berklee College of Music and headed to Los Angeles where she became a sought after sideman. She signed to Verve Records in 2002 and never looked back. Her solo career has produced 10 #1 radio singles, and her records have consistently topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts.
Mindi has hosted the internationally syndicated radio show “Chill With Mindi Abair” for 5 years, and has 5 major label successful solo releases to her credit “It Just Happens That Way” (2003), “Come As You Are” (2004), “Life Less Ordinary” (2006), “Stars” (2008), and “In Hi Fi Stereo” (2010).
She is an elected governor for the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.), and is an Artist Ambassador for Campell’s Labels for Education and The Grammy Foundation. She’s been featured on this past season of “American Idol” as a soloist with Paul McDonald and Casey Abrams, won Best International Instrumentalist at the 2011 Wave Awards in Toronto, and Best Female Artist of the Year at the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards.
The list of artists Abair has toured or recorded with are a testament to her talent. They include the Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Lee Ritenour, the Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Adam Sandler, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Sheila E, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White, and Rick Braun.
In a career that spans the decades, Kirk Whalum has a sound uniquely his; one that leaves an indelible imprint on his listeners. Soulful, passionate, stirring are the words most often used to describe his music. Born of his Memphis, TN gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by his stepping out of his sideman role to form his own band. With this, Kirk ultimately developed both his “voice” and songwriting on the local club scene.
It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, leading to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. Kirk and Bob also received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration on the album Joined at the Hip. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in-demand session player for top artists including Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. It is his saxophone heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of his 25+ solo recordings to date; others include his eclectic Gospel According to Jazz series,(Chapters 1, 2 and 3).
Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgments for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do,” featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters. His most current releases (on Mack Ave. Records) are: The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 3 (double CD & DVD) and Everything is Everything – the Music of Donny Hathaway.
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