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Boney James & Rick Braun

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. The album debuted at number one on contemporary jazz charts and by the end of the year, it hit the top spot on the standard jazz albums chart. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Shake It Up

1. R.S.V.P.

2. Grazin' In The Grass

3. More Than You Know

4. Shake It Up

5. Central Ave.

6. Love's Like That (feat. Fourplay)

7. Song For My Father

8. Chain Reaction

9. The Stars Above

10. Grazin' In The Grass (Can You Dig It Vocal)

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Love these Two , dynamic Talented combo, fantastic musicians as solo artists as well !
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Has nice doowoopocity !
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Just wrap myself in the music floating along the notes last of time and find myself slipping off just me Boney time
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Man this cat know how to put you there my man
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Great stuff the kind that gets in your bones
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dragonlady60 8 8
JAZZY
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dragonlady60 8 8
This is a ol all song love u BONEY
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jimmy5849
I have yet to hear a song by Boney I didn't like! ��
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One of the BEST! Love your music M. James. It always brings good memories and feelings.
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Bad boy like the Rollin flow.
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abdulmumeen1 1 4 1
Man,you flow is truly awesome...
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bccarter93
Love the artistry Mr. James, love your music, play on, play on!
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boney is sooo cool. great muscian. Rick Braun is great as well. Saw Rick at a Christmas show in Easton,Pa with Peter Gray and Mindi Abar nice show.
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
Good. Afternoon. MR. Slick. :
You. Are. Always. In. My. Heart
(. Love. You. Just. A. Little. Bit more )
You. Be. Good. For. Me. If. You
Can. Try. Try. Ha. Ha
I. Sorely. Miss. You. Kid. !
More. Than. You'll. ever. Know
Stage. Left
Spooky
God. Bless. You. Please. Keep
You. Safe. Your. Season. Kid
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Saw boney James 3 times at the Reading jazz fest. He is so cool. Its like the sax is apart of his anatomy. Awesome. Long time fan
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This CD, had it all, magnificent smooth jazz players, great songs, nice mixture of sax and horn the blend was soulfully combined, out of it came the ying and yang of smooth jazz
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Long time fan
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O so good... you are two of the BEST ever...
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Nice Duo's. 2 favorites!
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Boney killed it in Long Beach Friday night
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Just love all that smooth relaxing music to the core. Mind blowing
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Boney james music is hot!!!!
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johnmargie6
I would love to hear him in person. Where??
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Yessss baby love all this good slick feeling ��
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hawkman0423
Love this MUSIC
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I can really party this!!!
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Boney talks to me its just the arrangement that he uses he truly has soul!
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Love the music
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This is a very nice selection.
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Boney play your heart out:)
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Jam on Boney!!!!!:)
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Love this cut!
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I wish they would play the 6th cut more on Pandora.
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You keep me rocking my head back and forth at night. Keeping me on my toes.
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I missed this in 2000, but I have in 2014.
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Let's start with this , that's a miracle save a lot of minds ,sweet but strong and positive!!!! Building minds!
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Richard was on the same show and towards the end of the show the two of them got on stage and jammed together.... i hope someone there recorded that...its was jazzed out......the y both had to get to the airport asap to fly to Hawaii for a show there....... . m i s s those times but glad to have been there to see them and all the rest........ . .
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...seen both of them before they collaborated ( s p ) together at Ala Carte Ala Park in SF ...KKSF 103.7 to all of you old timers out there....wha t a show.......R i c k would be sitting in the center with the sound guys(middle of the crowd) and they would intro him and the band starts and Rick would stand up and start....eve r y o n e would look around and see him playin' and coming up to the stage...what an entrance.... . .
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This version sounds alright...my preference will always be the original version by Hugh Maskella.. Boney and Rick are cool.
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I remember move'n and groove tograzin in the grass back in the late 60s on the south side of Chi-town.
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Boney is great and Rick is amazing as well
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Boney is my absolute FAVORITE in the whole world!! I was lucky enough to get hi autograph while he was performing in Boston on the Boston City Hall Plaza, many years ago!! Keep up the wonderful music Boney!!! You are GREAT!!!
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ybfrance
Just what you need to hear on a funky day, It lights up one's soul
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He' brilliant I have been listening to him when he was with Fusion and the best sax ot there right now..go BONEY
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awesome horns !
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Excellent
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BE SURE AND CHECK OUT HIS NEW CD AND HE IS ON TOUR NOW!!
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SEE BHITV.NET JOIN TODAY. EBLAST,TWIT, F B ALL YOUR CONTACTS TO DO THE SAME TODAY. HOT NEW SITE..
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Been a Jazz lover most of my adult life. I was introduced to Boney by a much younger relative of mine (Thanx Benoit)with the "Trust" album in the early 90's...haven ' t missed a beat since. His shows are awesome too!!
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harleygranny 2 0 0 4
His is brilliant... . . . . . . . h i s music is so awesome, a wonderful,se n s u a l , s e r e n e and out of this world escape !
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