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Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun & Mindi Abair

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December 14, 2012 Mainstage
$40 & $80

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A Peter White Chrismtas Returns to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center With Unique Holiday Show Blending Smooth Jazz and Holiday Favorites

Smooth Jazz and Jingle Bells will fill the air at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, as contemporary-jazz guitarist Peter White returns with his always energetic, always entertaining Holiday Show to the stage at Northwest Florida State College. "A Peter White Christmas" featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair will dazzle the stage with a unique blend of smooth jazz and traditional holiday music on Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm. The event has become an annual holiday concert tradition on the Emerald Coast for close to a decade.

Peter White returns to the stage with jazz trumpeter and singer Rick Braun, and the sultry sax stylings of singer, songwriter, and saxophonist Mindi Abair. Together all three create a festival and fun holiday atmosphere, complete with holiday favorities the audience can literally sing-a-long with, to toe-tapping contemporary jazz hits from all three artists' successful history of Top 10 Contemporary Jazz hits.

Blending two genres on music (Jazz and Christmas) is unique in of itself. Smooth Jazz can be relaxing yet funky and fun. And holiday music brings back memories of home and Christmas as a child for all of us. Peter White on acoustic guitar, Rick Braun on trumpet, and Mindi Abair on saxophone erases all music borders, creating warm holiday moments with the freshing contemporary twist of smooth jazz as an added accent. Always entertaining and heartwarming, the show has been an annual holiday event hosted by Seabreeze Radio since 2002.

Tickets are reserved at $40 for General Admission and $80 for Front Section Seating. Charge by phone at 729-6000 or purchase online at Tickets are also available in person at the Arts Center Box Office and at Playground Music Center in Ft. Walton Beach. Front Section Seating tickets are only available by phone at 729-6000. All three artists will be available for a Meet and Greet with the fans immediately after the show in the Arts Center lobby.

For more information, call Seabreeze Radio at 267-3279. Sponsored by The Northwest Florida Daily News. Another Seabreeze Radio Smooth Jazz Concert Event.

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About Peter White:

Over the years, 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. A sense of adventure is at the heart of White's thirteenth solo recording, Here We Go, set for release on March 13, 2012, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. The 11-song set, co-produced by White and DC (George Benson, Larry Carlton, Bob James, Patty Austin), features several high-profile guest musicians, including saxophonists David Sanborn and Kirk Whalum, and pianist Philippe Saisse, and includes a range of original material written in the recent and distant past. In a career that spans nearly four decades, over a dozen solo recordings and countless performances, White insists that it's the faces in the crowd and the fans that keep the experience fresh.

About Rick Braun:

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. Rick Braun Sings With Strings brings both those skills front and center. And it does so in a way that dips back into the music he's been captivated by since he first picked up a horn. Songs such as "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "I Thought About You" and "The Things We Did Last Summer" have been memorable themes from the soundtrack of American love life for decades. Rick also especially recalls, "I've Never Been In Love Before" and "Time After Time" as "tunes I've known since I was a kid." Others are less familiar, but no less memorable. And that, as much as anything, is what makes this album so fascinating. At a time when the male jazz vocal field has been far too sparsely populated, Rick Braun Sings With Strings makes a convincing case for the arrival of a potential new star of the jazz vocal art.

About Mindi Abair:

Saxophonist/Singer/Songwriter Mindi Abair has broken many 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. She was raised on the road with her father's band, but this is not your father's jazz band. Mindi brings a fearless energy and abandon to the stage as a powerhouse on the saxophone, hearkening back to the days of Junior Walker or King Curtis.

Mindi 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.

Her solo career has produced 10 #1 radio singles and 5 major label solo releases that have topped the Contemporary Jazz Charts, "It Just Happens That Way" (2003), "Come As You Are" (2004), "Life Less Ordinary" (2006), "Stars" (2008), and "In Hi Fi Stereo" (2010).

Mindi has hosted the internationally syndicated radio show "Chill With Mindi Abair" for 6 years. She is an elected governor for the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS, and is an Artist Ambassador for Campell's Labels for Education and The Grammy Foundation.

She's been the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of "American Idol", 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. She also appeared this season on the Fran Drescher show "Happily Divorced".

Mindi authored the book "How To Play Madison Square Garden – A Guide To Stage Performance."

"Mindi Abair is #1 for her original sound, perfect melodies, grooves and overall sense of fun." Jazziz magazine

"Captivating...a distinctive sound and memorable melodies. Let's put it this way…Abair's one Apple commercial away from superstardom." Jazz Times