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Boney James


Boney James took up the clarinet at the age of eight, later switching to sax when he was 10. Boney spent his early teen years in New Rochelle, New York where he was first exposed to the Motown genre and saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr.. When James was 14 his family moved to Los Angeles, where he joined a fusion band that opened for acts like Flora Purim and the Yellowjackets. Another member of this early band was John Shanks, now a successful pop producer. James eventually received a degree in history from UCLA, but began playing music full-time after graduation. James learned to play keyboards and in 1985 he joined Morris Day's band. His R&B influence was further strengthened by seven years of touring and sessions as a sideman with Day, the Isley Brothers, Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford, Teena Marie and others. It was on the road with Crawford in 1986 that he earned his now-famous moniker; when his physique led a band mate to joke "We'll have to start calling you Boney James!".

In the early 1990s, after joining Bobby Caldwell's band, James caught the attention of the engineer and producer Paul Brown. In 1992 he released his debut album as a leader, Trust, on the independent record label Spindletop Records. Following the record's success, James was signed by the Warner Brothers label in 1994. He released the RIAA Certified Gold Records, Seduction, Sweet Thing and Body Language on Warner Brothers.

In 2000 he collaborated with trumpeter Rick Braun on an album called Shake it Up. Their duets include the now classic updated version of Hugh Masakela's "Grazin' in the Grass". Other artists who have made guest appearances on Boney's records include Raheem DeVaughn, Faith Evans, George Benson, George Duke, Dwele, Al Jarreau, Philip Bailey, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Eric Benét, Dave Hollister and Angie Stone.

James assumed the role of producer starting with his Pure album in 2003. Following a string of chart-topping albums, in 2006 James moved to Concord Records[4] and with the release of Shine achieved his career highest Billboard Pop Chart position (No. 44 on the Top 200). His 2009 album, Send One Your Love earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance. James' 2013 album The Beat received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

On May 15, 2010, James was involved in a car crash coming home from a performance when he was rear ended by a drunk driver. James suffered a fractured jaw, two shattered teeth and facial lacerations. He was sidelined for two months.[6]

In 2014 James produced two songs on Al Jarreau's George Duke tribute album My Old Friend, "No Rhyme No Reason" ft Kelly Price and "Bring Me Joy" ft George Duke and Boney.

He is married to actress and director Lily Mariye. In 2012 he contributed an original score to her feature film directorial debut, Model Minority.

Boney James, (born James Oppenheim, September 1, 1961 in Lowell, Massachusetts) is a saxophonist who popularized urban jazz (an updated version of contemporary jazz that contains elements of R&B and hip-hop).
Boney James is a two-time Grammy Award nominee (for Best Pop Instrumental Album) and a Soul Train Award winner. In 2001 he was also honored with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album. He has accumulated four RIAA certified Gold records. His current and twelfth CD, Send One Your Love, spent 8 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts and debuted at #21 on the R&B chart. James produced the CD as well as wrote 4 of the songs.
James has recorded arrangements of classic soul songs, such as Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing," Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'" and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine". Some James originals include "The Total Experience", "Metropolis," "After the Rain", and "Here She Comes."
In addition, he collaborated with trumpeter Rick Braun on an album called Shake it Up. Their duets include "Grazin' in the Grass," which had been previously performed by the Friends of Distinction and Hugh Masekela. Other James collaborations include Faith Evans, George Benson, Dwele, Esthero, Philip Bailey, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim and Angie Stone.

 

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