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Boney James

A solid saxophonist whose style falls on the R&B-ish and pop side of jazz, Boney James (who is heavily influenced by Grover Washington Jr.) is a consistent best-seller who can always be relied upon to put on a colorful live show. Born James Oppenheim, he grew up in New Rochelle, New York. The future Boney James studied clarinet when he was eight, switching to saxophone two years later. When he was 15, his family moved to Los Angeles. James was soon playing in a fusion band (Line One) that was strong enough to open for Flora Purim and the Yellowjackets. After a year attending UC Berkeley, he transferred to UCLA so he could continue playing with the band. He earned a degree in history but became a full-time musician after graduation, doubling on keyboards. James went on the road as a keyboardist with Morris Day in 1985 and eventually convinced Day that he should be playing saxophone instead. He spent four years with Day and became an in-demand guest musician on tenor, alto, soprano, and flute, playing with Randy Crawford, Sheena Easton, the Isley Brothers, Bobby Caldwell, and others.

He picked up his nickname while on tour with Crawford. After mentioning to a keyboardist that he was running out of food money, the musician replied that if he ate any less, he would have to be called Boney James. The popular saxophonist made his debut as a leader with Trust in 1992 (Spindletop) and then in 1994 was signed by Warner Bros., where he recorded dates including Backbone, Seduction, Boney's Funky Christmas, Sweet Thing, Shake It Up, Ride, and Pure. In 2006, Boney made the move to Concord Records and released Shine. Send One Your Love followed in 2009. In 2010, while driving home after an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, James was rear-ended by another vehicle. The accident totaled James' car and left him with a fractured jaw and two missing teeth -- injuries that could have ended his playing career. James recuperated, and in 2011 he released Contact, an album whose title refers to the profound effect the accident had on his life and career. James re-signed with Concord in 2012. In the early spring of 2013, he released The Beat, an album that combined his love of R&B and Latin music. The set included guest appearances from Raheem DeVaughn and Floacist. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Track List: Batucada (The Beat) (Single)

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Track List: Maker Of Love (Single)

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Track List: When I Had The Chance (Radio Single)

Comments

He will always be my favorite. Love this man
my horn man, bar-none,Mr. J a m e s salute!!!!!! ! !
Smooth and on point. Luv it!
Very nice..pd
One of my all-time favorites, great for just about any occasion!
Nice
this is my go to guy, Mr.James , God Bless you
One of my very favorite Jazz King hero of the world !!
reeves_ike
Im loveing his music wich one day i could make to a Jazz festival
Boney James has so much soul. Love him
juliaswift17
I also love Bonney James jazz good to listen to relaxing
Great jazz player love this song,
You can't help but love this artist..
This guy is the s**t!
Your music turns me on everytime
johnmargie6
So smooth, candy for my ears!
I saw Boney James, Norman Brown and Rick Braun at the Fox Theater in Detroit, MI....great show!!!!
herbm2222
Herb from Philly have seen Boney James many times - he is the man with the horn -
Wow !!!! Saw Boney James for the first in concert at the Wolf Trap this summer and was blown away by his live show I am hooked for life !
toorich59
So smooth!
Just relaxing an yasssss
Nice
I could listen to him all night! All night looong!
I like your music a lot
The absolute best jazz sax man!
Boney James is an extraordinar y jazz artist!!
seabreezeasi a
Always a fan!
I just lost a good,good friend,he turn me on to Boney James, R.I.P. Mr. Carl Hingleton,Go d Bless You Brother.
Boney high five keep doing what you doing
Walter beasley
Phrell Williams - "Happy"
I'm bad when I listen to Boney, and I like it!
a glass of wine please,to help compliment my man,Mr.James .
jazzmesese88
Thats quite a story how he got the name boney James, hes definitely one of my favorites.
I can listen to Boney James all day. I love this man
y_hauer7
ON POINT!!!
melda.tate
I've enjoyed listening to Boney James' music for years. He is a soulful player. Whatever he does is always on the money.
I could listen to him play all day. Simply the best !!!
The Best
re1973
Hits the spot!
Love his music
willoden5
will o just love the flow
SOOTHING!
If you think he sounds good now, wait til you see him in person. Loved his performance!
Just love himmmmm, so so soulful!! My man of the hour!! Come into my heart!! My man!!!!<3<3< 3 : - * ; - ) : - )
Laying out to the Smooth Influence of Heavenly Melodies. . No Words needed. . Just Sounds of Smoothness!! ! !
Play BJ smooth sexy
so boney excellent!!!
So sensual.
Can't complain absolutely beautiful
So smooth - love you Boney!!!

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