“MINDI PLAYS WITH EVERY PART OF HER BODY AND SOUL…. BEAUTIFULLY RAW THE WAY I LIKE IT.” – FANTASTIC NEGRITO
“FORGET YOU, WHO’S YOUR SAX PLAYER?” – STEVEN TYLER ON AMERICAN IDOL
“YOU GUYS ARE BONESHAKING!” – BONNIE RAITT (NAMED THE BAND WITH HER QUOTE
“SHE’LL MOVE YOU.” – KEB’ MO’
“MINDI ABAIR AND THE BONESHAKERS REALLY WENT IN DEEP ON THIS ONE. IT ROCKS AND I LOVE IT. – KEB’ MO’
“CAPTURES THE INTENT OF A ROCK BAND, THE GRIT OF A BLUES BAND AND ENOUGH ENERGY TO LIGHT A STADIUM” – BACKSTAGE 360
“ELECTRIC, ROCK-FILLED SOLO ENDEAVOR PLAYED WITH ABANDON AND ELECTRICITY” – JAY Z’S LIFE AND TIMES
“…HAS A HARD-BLOWING, GRITTY TONE IN THE VEIN OF KING CURTIS.” – USA TODAY
“21ST CENTURY SOPHISTICATION, A GRITTY, RAUCOUS SPIRIT, AND EXCEPTIONAL CREATIVE IMAGINATION” – ALLMUSIC.COM
“RAW, EDGY, INSPIRED” - AXS.COM
“CAPTURING RAW EMOTION, POWER AND SYNERGY, MINDI ABAIR & THE BONESHAKERS ROCK.” – EXAMINER.COM
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.
Her eight solo CDs have garnered ten #1 radio hits, seven top 5 spots and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, and more recently received 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.
She authored the book “How To Play Madison Square Garden - A Guide to Stage Performance” 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, 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, Rick Braun, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, and Peter White.