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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

    On Air

    Shine

    10 songs

    On Air

    Pure

    11 songs

    On Air

    Ride

    10 songs

    On Air

    Shake It Up

    9 songs

    On Air

    Boney's Funky Christmas

    9 songs

    On Air

    Body Language

    9 songs

    On Air

    Sweet Thing

    9 songs

    On Air

    Seduction

    9 songs

    On Air

    Trust

    9 songs

    On Air

    Backbone

    1 song

    On Air

    A Little Attitude

    1 song

    On Air

    Drumline

    1 song

    On Air

    Either Way

    1 song

    On Air

    Batucada (The Beat)

    1 song

    On Air

    Maker of Love

    1 song

    On Air

    When I Had the Chance

    1 song

    On Air

    Contact

    10 songs

    On Air

    Sweet Thing/It's All Good

    10 songs

    On Air

    Christmas Present

    10 songs

    On Air

    Sweet Thing

    2 songs

    On Air

    Words + Music


Top Songs by
Boney James

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

Stations & Shows Featuring
Boney James

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals

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    His & Hers Radio


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