Boney James – 2014 Concert Schedule
Named by Billboard magazine as the No. 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz
Artist of the Decade, saxophonist Boney James and his smooth tunes are coming your way. As one of the most successful instrumental
music artists of our time, Boney James' charismatic live performances are a treat for any music lover. To see one of the greatest
jazz saxophonists live in concert, check out StubHub today to get your Boney James concert tickets before they're all gone.
About Boney James
Born in 1961 in Lowell, Massachusetts, saxophonist Boney James began exploring his love of
music at a young age. At only eight years old, James took up clarinet and then began playing saxophone when he was ten. While
spending his formative years living in New Rochelle, New York, James was exposed to the music of Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind
& Fire, and saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. He and his family then moved to Los Angeles when he was 14, and he went
on to hone his skills while playing with a fusion band. James also was attending UCLA at this time, and eventually received
his degree in history, but he pursued music fulltime after graduating.
After many years of touring with musical acts
such as Morris Day, The Isley Brothers, Randy Crawford, Bobby Caldwell, and Teena Marie, he released his debut record in 1992
withTruston the independent record label Spindletop Records. AfterTrust's success, James was signed by Warner Bros. Records
in 1994. He then went on to releaseSeduction,SweetThing, andBodyLanguage, all of which were certified Gold by the RIAA.
2006, James released the albumShineunder Concord Records, which quickly made it to the number #2 spot on the Contemporary
Jazz Albums chart, #6 on the R&B albums chart, and #44 on the Billboard 200. Following the success ofShine,James' 2009
albumSend One Your Lovescored him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance. The acclaimed album featured
classic songs like Stevie Wonder's "Send One Your Love,"The Brothers Johnson's "I'll Be Good to You,"and Barry White's "I'm
Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby." The album claimed the #5 spot on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart
for an impressive 50 weeks, with eight straight weeks at #1, giving it an overall ranking of #2 for the year. "Don't Let Me
Be Lonely Tonight," was the hit song that led to James' Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B performance.
by Sergio Mendes' "Batacada," Boney James' most recent project wasThe Beat, an album which incorporates R&B and jazz with
Latin rhythms and percussion, and features trumpeter Rick Braun.TheBeat's creative pairing of musical styles earned him a
Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
To date, Boney James is a four-time Grammy award nominee, Soul Train
Award winner for Best Jazz Album, and is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album. With record
sales topping 3 million, nine of Boney James' albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart, and two
have peaked in the top 10 of the R&B Albums Chart. James has also released a number of successful holiday albums, and
he has collaborated with many other musicians, including Rick Braun, Raheem DeVaughn, Faith Evans, George Benson, George Duke,
and much more.
Boney James' Breakthrough album
Boney James had established himself as a musician after
playing on tour with a variety of major music acts, but it was his 1992 debut albumTrustthat allowed him to pursue an illustrious
solo career as a saxophonist. The contemporary jazz master's debut album peaked at #8 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums
chart. The success of this album and his smooth musical style caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records, who signed him
just a couple of years later.
Boney James Trivia
How did Boney James get his stage name?
Oppenheim, Boney James got his stage name when he started touring with musician Randy Crawford in 1986. When they were touring
in Scandinavia, James had remarked to her that everything costs a fortune so he just wouldn't eat for the next couple of days.
Crawford joked that he would get skinny and she would have to call him "Boney James." The nickname caught on, and it stuck
Whether you're a fan of classic, smooth, or contemporary jazz, Boney James'
genre-crossing tunes are quite a spectacle when performed live. His legendary talent shines through in concerts, from the
funky beats of "Grazin' in the Grass" to the groovy, smooth tunes of "Spin." With unstoppable energy, James is known to be
one of the most entertaining performers, as he engages and interacts with the audience all night. To see one of the most talented
instrumental performers of our time, visit StubHub today to get your Boney James concert tickets.