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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

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    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

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    Maker of Love

    1 song

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    When I Had the Chance

    1 song

    On Air

    Contact

    10 songs

    On Air

    Sweet Thing/It's All Good

    10 songs

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    Christmas Present

    10 songs

    On Air

    Sweet Thing

    2 songs

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    Words + Music


Top Songs by
Boney James

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

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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