In my quest to quickly learn how to play the saxophone, I sought out great players to listen to, model, and study.
It didn’t take long to discover sexy sax superstar Mindi Abair.
Her latest album, Wild Heart, is already topping the Billboard charts. She’s been on American Idol for two seasons. She toured with Aerosmith. She’s been on Letterman. She played with Bruce Springsteen. She’s breaking through to even wider mainstream public awareness. Her blend of rock and jazz is just the right combo to excite and inspire me.
I had a sax lesson with her via Skype that helped me with numerous sax playing issues. That was a turning point in my playing. As a result, I’ve already played sax on several albums, from Invoking Divinity and Afflatus, to a forthcoming album with twice Grammy nominated singer Ruthie Foster and my music producer Daniel Barrett.
And then I hired Mindi to perform a private acoustic concert for friends.
That’s where I became even more enthralled and inspired.
Mindi is open, generous, loving and lovable.
She spent time with each of my friends. She showed me her sax (Yamaha Custom Z alto) and answered more of my questions about playing.
And her playing stunned me.
She’s smooth, hot, sultry, jazzy, rocking, screaming, soothing, and more.
When I grow up, I want to play like her.
She put thought into which songs to play for me and my friends.
She considered my interest in positive thinking and played her song “I Can’t Lose” (off the Wild Heart album).
She heard that one of my guests loved the song “Summertime” and played her powerful version of it.
And she told stories.
Each song was introduced with a charming behind the scenes story.
It made the show intimate and unique and unforgettable.
Her guitar player was just as warm and talented.
Randy Jacobs played for Ringo and Willie and a long list of greats. He was as humble and friendly as Mindi. (And he was very impressed that drummer Joe Vitale, the “other” Joe Vitale who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recorded several albums with me.)
Check out Mindi Abair at http://www.mindiabair.com/
Check out Randy Jacobs at http://www.randyjacobs.com/
And here’s Mindi showing you how it’s done…
PS – Mindi Abair was kind about my sax playing, too. She called me (in a Tweet) a “killer saxophonist”! Thank you, Mindi! 🙂