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Boney James

A solid saxophonist whose style falls on the R&B and pop side of jazz, Boney James 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 -- the instrument which began to show his heavy influence from Grover Washington, Jr. 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.

In 1985, James went on the road as a keyboardist with Morris Day, 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'd have to be called Boney James.)

The saxophonist made his debut as a leader with Trust in 1992 (Spindletop), which earned him a contract with Warner Bros. two years later. While there, he recorded many popular 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, then in 2009, Send One Your Love. One year later, 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. He recuperated, however, and in 2011 he released Contact, an album whose title referred to the profound effect the accident had on his life and career.

James re-signed with Concord in 2012. One year later, 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. James continued to mine his own musical history and dug further back to '80s and '90s R&B, hip-hop, and his contemporary jazz roots for Futuresoul. Released in 2015, it featured a smaller core of studio players and a guest spot from trumpeter Marquis Hill. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Track List: Batucada (The Beat) (Single)

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Track List: Either Way (Single)

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Smooth, smooth. I enjoy your stuff. Thanks! : )
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������������ L o v e his sound ������������
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Many, Many beautiful jams. Love your music!!!
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In Chicago in july
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Can't wait to see him perform at The Napa Valley Jazz Getaway June 10th-14th... .
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Love this track....smo o t h as silk!
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My main man
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This guy is out of sight playing this just beautiful to listen to
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one of greatest to blow the SAX !!!!!
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cyn48jac
There's always a good time to be had while listening to, Mr. James
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michelleybar r a 3 5
I LOVE ME SOME BONEY JAMES
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Bone his the best, much love
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His music make me relaxs
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I LOVE BONEY JAMES! I loved listening to him as a kid in Chicago on WNUA 95.5... THEY ALWAYS HAD HIM ON ROTATION!
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Bonney is da man!
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Love this guy so much
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..he definitely plays that sax some wicked tunes and tones....... . d e f i n i t e l y Boney for sure........
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Sexy love you boney
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annedistefan o
Just so sexy,love him
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boney...come to michigan city, in. your music makes me think very naughty things! lol
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johnmargie6
The more I listen, the more I like
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The notes fall trippingly out of his woodwinds... . d e l e c t a b l e and smooth!
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Boney James/ thats it: soul man.
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johnmargie6
That's what I like.......s m o o t h . . .
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Love this guy!
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Nice Go Boney James, I love Dave Hollister
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Wow a pleasure to listen to
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Mr. James I've seen you in concert and loved most of the show. The only reason I can't say that i loved it all is that you failed to play what I believe is your most impressive work...Boney i s m . I saw you in Chicago and radio station WNUA 95.5 was the host station. That particular song was one of the most requested songs for that station. I've played that song for several people (that weren't really jazz fans) and they loved it. I'm a native Chicagoan and steppin is way of life for many of u
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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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terencecante y 2
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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