The Jazz In M.E.E. Experiences A Peter White Christmas Featuring Rick Braun & Mindi Abair
I made my list and I checked it twice! This holiday concert was a fun filled gift to cherish. A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun & Mindi Abair had the audience rocking in the Christmas spirit. Fans packed Dosey Doe’s great listening room to enjoy a festive musical Christmas celebration. What a perfect way to welcome in the holiday season.
I received three of the finest contemporary jazz artists in the land for Christmas. I really enjoyed the outrageously funky medley, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” As odd as that combination of tunes might sound, it worked like a charm – or maybe I should say like a surprise Christmas present, providing a good time and a sense of joy.
I was really impressed with the exceptional talent that all three displayed and their vocal ability was uncanny. It was a creative and unique mini musical that made you light up like a kid on Christmas morning!
A Peter White Christmas started back in 2005 as a duo featuring Peter and Mindi touring all over the country. Rick Braun joined the dynamic duo adding his own stylish trumpeting flair to the magic. Peter, Mindi, and Rick toured through 2008, took a break in 2009, and then picked up were they left off in 2010. They are in their remarkable 9th year and they have mastered this upbeat fun and entertaining show! They have each separately sold millions of records and their combined fans surely appreciates this special performance of Christmas chestnuts!
Peter recalls: “My earliest memories of Christmas were probably not much different from many other people: snowflakes, tinsel, Santa Claus, reindeer and the opening of presents surrounded by family. As a child my father taught me to play Christmas music on my first instrument, the recorder, and my love for Christmas music has endured throughout the years.
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. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop, and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.
Mindi is a self-confessed Christmas “dork” and loves the holidays. She graduated from Berklee College of Music and headed to Los Angeles where she played on 3rd Street Promenade and local clubs to get attention. Bobby Lyle hired her off the street for his tour, and she soon became a sought after sideman. She signed as a solo artist to Verve Records in 2002, and never looked back.. She is currently touring the US and abroad with her band. The list of artists she has toured or recorded with are a testament to her talent. They include Aerosmith, Keb’ Mo’, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Lee Ritenour, the Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Max Weinberg, Bill Champlin, David Pack, Mocean Worker, Adam Sandler, Rick Braun, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, and Peter White.
Rick Braun says: “Christmas reminds me of the cold weather in PA where I grew up and long car trips with my family with the windows all steamy and rolled up, seeing lights in the windows of houses and then being with my dad and the whole family for turkey and football.
Rick Braun’s been playing trumpet since he was a kid. No news there for the legions of fans his richly melodic playing style has attracted since the release of his first album, Intimate Secrets in 1993. Less known is the fact that he’s been a singer, and a good one (backing Rod Stewart and Sade among others, with vocals as well as his stellar trumpet) for most of his life, as well.
This show is like nothing you’ll see this trio do at any other time of the year with their band. Make sure you catch them in your city during their current 20 city tour.
Purchase their CD Peter White Christmas as the perfect stocking stuffer at Amazon.