Deeper Digs in Rock: Mindi Abair


Mindi Abair is a two time Grammy Award nominated saxophonist, vocalist, author and national trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization that puts on the Grammy Awards show. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida and educated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she graduated magna cum laude, she moved to the West Coast to pursue a multi-decade music career.

Her solo career has produced ten No. 1 radio singles, two No. 1 Billboard Jazz CDs, and four more solo CDs that have landed No. 5 and above on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. She was the featured saxophonist for the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, performed with the rock band Aerosmith for their 2012 Summer Tour, joined Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg for a night at the Beacon Theater and has played with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra three times on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Determined and filled to the brim with talent and experience, she is now touring with her new band Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers. In the last few years, she has cut tracks with Joe Bonamassa, Gregg Allman (one of the last duets he performed on record) and Booker T. Jones, to name a few.

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