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Havre de Grace Jazz & Blues Festival: Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers with Opener Johnny Neel
June 8 @ 8:00 pm
More information on the website: https://www.hdgjazzbluesfestival.org/
One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time Grammy nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and abandon. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. In 2014, Mindi received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring the late Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg.
With Johnny Neel
Johnny Neel has been touring all over the US and Europe, astonishing audiences with his powerful vocal and amazing keyboard technique. Born blind in Wilmington, Delaware, Neel cut his first single at the age of twelve in 1966, as “Johnny Neel and The Shapes Of Soul“. As an adult, the Johnny Neel Band had a strong following up and down the East Coast and released two well-received independent albums; “One Hot Night” and “You Shoulda’ Been There”. Neel moved to Nashville, the premiere songwriting city, in 1984. Where he immediately became recognized a session “A” studio player. Others began to notice Neel’s songwriting talent and decided to take advantage by recording his songs on their albums.