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Saxophonist - Singer - Songwriter - Author - Speaker
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has made her mark as one of the most recognizable saxophonists in the US. You may know her as the saxophonist on American Idol, or the only saxophonist to tour with rock legends Aerosmith since 1973. You may have seen her on stage with Bruce Springsteen for a historic night at the Beacon Theater, or tuned in as she joined Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman, sat in with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, caught her recent appearances at The Grand Ole Opry, or recognized her as Al Pacino’s sax player in the movie Danny Collins.
No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence. Her eight solo CDs have garnered ten #1 radio hits, seven top 5 spots and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts. Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category and more recently a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo CD Wild Heart featuring friends Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg.
Her newest CD Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers The EastWest Sessions drops Sept 15, 2017 on Pretty Good For A Girl Records. Recorded over five days at EastWest Studios in Hollywood with legendary blues rock producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Led Zepplin, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith), the LP is a compilation of 11 gritty blues and rock tracks about heartbreak, lessons learned and triumphs of the soul. Mindi enlisted master blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and 2017 Contemporary Blues GRAMMY® winner Fantastic Negrito to infuse their signature sound and style. The record debuted #3 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, and hit #1 on the RMR Blues Rock Album Chart. "Pretty Good For A Girl" featuring Joe Bonamassa won an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Song Fan Award.
She authored the book How To Play Madison Square Garden - A Guide to Stage Performance, speaks publicly for events and corporations, and serves as a National Trustee for The Recording Academy.
The artists she’s toured with and/or recorded with are a testament to her talent: Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, Keb’ Mo’, Joe Perry, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Adam Sandler, Lee Ritenour, The Backstreet Boys, Booker T. Jones, Jimmy Webb, Mandy Moore, Max Weinberg, Bill Champlin, David Pack, Mocean Worker, The Ides of March, Teena Marie, and Bobby Lyle.