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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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now this is sax at its beast
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susan.giddin g s
Mr. James...I love your music..so beautiful.. Please come to Central PA...
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Mr James I love the connection. It is great WOW. Do you Baby
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Boney James is a smooth artist. I could and have listen to him for hours.
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tmay1983
Dudddddde awesome
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tmay1983
Amazing man WOW!
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Boney James is so so talented with his smoothe sounds of the saxophone, hes really one of the best!
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lash29
Smooth Jazz it is ....
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Yes, Boney James is the best!!
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Boney James is the BEST!!!
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Beautiful and relaxing
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julianaylor
Wow! absolutely wonderful!!!
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Great jam!!!!!
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I love his songs
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Love me some Boney!
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Nice taste people
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susan.giddin g s
Love this & Boney James...
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I can groove with you all day, you are so much swagga BJ, jus smooth!
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I like everything that I have heard by Mr. Boney James.
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Camouflage is my favorite song of all time with him! Boney is the truth!!
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Good song very mellow, goes good with Crown Black and a cigar
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This song is sexy. I could listen to Boney all day. Love this man
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kimmy_nyc07
kch83, me too!
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kcrh83
This makes me feel sexy...
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Ur a GODSEND bro, keep the pedal to the floor
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Yesss!
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neda3davis
Boney is my favorite jazz cat.
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Have ALL of B.J. albums, LOVE every tune on EVERY album !!!!! (how rare is that???)
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I love his music
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Keep blowing bro! U da best!!
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force5454
The best smooth jazz artist out there bar none.
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cartoonlady5 2
Sweet thang
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Love this guy just awesome
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So hard to believe this guy is so good??????? Damn
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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Awesome music... so glad Mr. James recovered from his auto accident.
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I love me some Boney James,he is awesome in concert.
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Hey boney would come to the Clearwater jazz festival and just blow the waves back out into the gulf my man boney luv the power and melodies of your style keep on blowing
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dwsmi296
One of my favoites
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This song in my opinion is so right for anytime!
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The music is so good
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Reminds me of music from back in the day, get comfortable, have a glass of wine, turn off the lights, lit a candle, and let the music do all the talking, that was how we enjoyed great music, back in day
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I've heard one of my associates speak of Boney James before. This is my first time knowingly hearing his music. I like it! I claim to be a fan of Jazz, but don't really know the artist. I think its time for me to step my game up! Clearly all of you who have commented have : ) Good day.
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This man is the bomb. I love me some Boney James
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love,love,lo v e you Boney!!
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Love ya Boney!!!!!!! ! You always put me in just the right mood.
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one the greatest horn blowers ever!!!!!
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Boney is a pure jazz artist
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l.pettaway
Them bones carry a lot of fat.
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One of my favorite artist of all time. His music is timeless.
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