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Boney James

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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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Albums by
Boney James

    10 songs

    On Air

    Futuresoul

    10 songs

    On Air

    The Beat

    10 songs

    On Air

    Contact

    10 songs

    On Air

    Send One Your Love

    12 songs

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    Shine

    10 songs

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    Pure

    11 songs

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    Ride

    10 songs

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    Shake It Up

    9 songs

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    Boney's Funky Christmas

    9 songs

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    Body Language

    9 songs

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    Sweet Thing

    9 songs

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    Seduction

    9 songs

    On Air

    Trust

    9 songs

    On Air

    Backbone

    1 song

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    A Little Attitude

    1 song

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    Drumline

    1 song

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    Either Way

    1 song

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    Batucada (The Beat)

    1 song

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    Maker of Love

    1 song

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    When I Had the Chance

    1 song

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    Contact

    10 songs

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    Sweet Thing/It's All Good

    10 songs

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    Christmas Present

    10 songs

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    Sweet Thing

    2 songs

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    Words + Music


Top Songs by
Boney James

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Maker of Love
  3.   Nothin' But Love
  4.   Missing You
  5.   Contact
  6.   Vinyl
  7.   Drumline
  8.   Body Language
  9.   Boneyizm
  10.   Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
  11.   Deep Time
  12.   After the Rain
  13.   Metropolis
  14.   Let It Go
  15.   Innocence
  16.   Sunset Boulevard
  17.   The Total Experience
  18.   Hypnotic
  19.   Batucada (The Beat)
  20.   Powerhouse
  21.   See What I'm Sayin'?
  22.   Spin
  23.   That Look on Your Face
  24.   The Way She Walks
  25.   Lily
  26.   A Little Attitude
  27.   R.P.M.
  28.   Ain't No Sunshine
  29.   Creepin'
  30.   Sara Smile
  31.   City of Light
  32.   Song For My Father
  33.   Either Way
  34.   Send One Your Love
  35.   Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
  36.   When I Had the Chance by LeToya Luckett
  37.   Backbone
  38.   Touch
  39.   Close to You
  40.   Silent Night
  41.   Gonna Get It
  42.   Ride
  43.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  44.   It's on
  45.   Sweet Thing
  46.   Shine
  47.   2:01 AM
  48.   Wait For Love
  49.   So Beautiful
  50.   Without a Doubt
  51.   I Get Lonely
  52.   Into the Blue
  53.   Thinkin' 'Bout Me
  54.   Pure
  55.   This Is the Life
  56.   Trust
  57.   East Bay
  58.   Far From Home
  59.   Futuresoul
  60.   Hand In Hand
  61.   Mari's Song
  62.   I'm Waiting
  63.   Breathe
  64.   In the Rain
  65.   Break of Dawn by Dwele
  66.   As You Are
  67.   Heaven
  68.   Central Ave.
  69.   Shake It Up
  70.   R.S.V.P. by Rick Braun
  71.   Washington Bridge
  72.   Bedtime Story
  73.   I'll Always Love You
  74.   Lights Down Low
  75.   Ivory Coast
  76.   There and Back
  77.   Cry
  78.   I Still Dream by Al Jarreau
  79.   The Moment
  80.   Fortuneteller
  81.   Watchu Gon' Do About It?
  82.   You Can Count on Me
  83.   Acalento (Lullaby)
  84.   The Midas (This Is Why)
  85.   Everything Matters
  86.   Merry Christmas Baby
  87.   I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby
  88.   I'll Be Good to You
  89.   Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
  90.   Butter
  91.   Skating
  92.   Soft
  93.   Dedication
  94.   Love Song
  95.   Aquas de Marco
  96.   You Don't Have to Go Home
  97.   Appreciate by Debi Nova
  98.   Better with Time by Bilal
  99.   Something Inside
  100.   Grand Central
  101.   Notorious
  102.   Segment Two: Central Avenue/Song for My Father/Grazin' in the ...
  103.   The Stars Above
  104.   Chain Reaction
  105.   Love's Like That
  106.   Breath of Heaven
  107.   Christmas Time Is Here
  108.   Personal Touch
  109.   The Night I Fell in Love
  110.   One Autumn Night
  111.   Love You All My Lifetime
  112.   Blue
  113.   Trinidad
  114.   Just Between Us
  115.   Bleecker Street
  116.   Second Nature
  117.   Camouflage
  118.   Seduction
  119.   River
  120.   Another Day in Paradise
  121.   Merry Christmas Baby
  122.   O Tannenbaum
  123.   Santa Baby
  124.   Words (Unspoken)
  125.   Silent Night
  126.   Hold on Tight
  127.   My Grown Up Christmas List
  128.   Auld Lang Syne
  129.   Here She Comes
  130.   Stone Groove
  131.   Segment One: Grazin' in the Grass/Shake It Up/More Than You Know
  132.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  133.   What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
  134.   This Christmas
  135.   Another Place, Another Time
  136.   Roadrunner
  137.   Happy Home
  138.   Got It Goin' On
  139.   All Night Long
  140.   It's All Good
  141.   It's a Beautiful Thing
  142.   Jingle Bells
  143.   All About You
  144.   Love Fest
  145.   Are You Ready?
  146.   The First Noel
  147.   Sleigh Ride
  148.   More Than You Know
  149.   [Untitled Track]
  150.   Wanna Show U Sumthin'
  151.   Kyoto
  152.   The Christmas Song
  153.   Santa Baby
  154.   Let It Snow
  155.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  156.   Hypnotic
  157.   Boneyism
  158.   Sleigh Ride/This Christmas/Let's It Snow

Stations & Shows Featuring
Boney James

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    His & Hers Radio


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