James Oppenheim attracted the name "Boney" while partnering with some of the world's leading musicians. After leaving school, he was blowing the saxophone and determined to make it in the '70s. The musician now headlines as Boney James at his concerts across the world. His hold on the saxophone produces a unique raspy, woodwind voice that is highly recognizable as part of his individual style.
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With gritty, rugged textures from the sax, Boney created an alternative to the popular soft, light jazz of the time and aimed to guide his listeners into a real groove. His jazz makes fans dance and move. Boney saw 11 of his LPs hold No. 1 positions on the Billboard Jazz Album Chart. From late-night shows with Jimmy Fallon to hosting guest artists like Angie Stone, Boney's fame grew after getting his music in front of a worldwide audience. He was born in Lowell, Mass., and held his first sax at 10 years old. James did get a degree from the University of California at Los Angeles but dedicated himself to pursuing musical expression. Boney went straight into music after his last day of school. His career started with a general application of music. Whatever opportunity he found, he took, and this meant playing the keyboard at first. Such versatile skills led him into touring with the Isley Brothers. It was Randy Crawford, the '80s artist behind "One Day I'll Fly Away," who gave James his moniker. Today, he continues to tour and perform live across the country.
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Has Boney James collaborated with any pop performers?
After traveling with the Isley Brothers, James built his career by working with pop, jazz and R&B artists. His style on the sax has been matched with the talents of Faith Evans, George Benson and Raheem DeVaughn. In 2006, he composed "Gonna Get It" for the powerful voice of Faith Evans. His ongoing collaborations include those with Anthony Hamilton and vocalist Jaheim. Eric Benét teamed with Boney to compose, "Ain't No Sunshine," "It's all Good" and "Superwoman."
What kind of music does Boney James perform?
The artist aims to work away from the modern notion of "smooth jazz." James's work is built on the force of an upbeat tempo. Boney's influences bring R&B and pop stylings together with jazz fundamentals. The result is a sound that inspires love and emotions but that moves with a forward-facing, resolute rhythm.
When seeing Boney live in concert, expect to hear "I Still Dream," "A Little Attitude," "Boneyizm," "Butter," "Hold On Tight," "Don't Let Me Lonely Tonight" and "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" on his setlist.
What do fans expect from Boney James concerts?
James is an exciting performer. His fans look forward to his percussion section and unique jams. Together, Boney's musicians can remake hit songs with a funky twist. He enjoys sharing jokes along with stints of improvisational dancing while he is on stage.Back to Top
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