In case you were wondering, saxophonist Boney James (né James Oppenheim) got that moniker because of his physique. The Boston Globe said of him “Let’s make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty, whereas most smooth jazz has all the texture and complexity of a cue ball.” Influenced by Grover Washington Jr. and Motown R&B artists, he’s backed such artists as Bobby Caldwell, The Isley Brothers, Randy Crawford and Teena Marie. He’s been nominated for four Grammys and Two NAACP Image awards, and won a Soul Train award for Best Jazz album in 1998.
He’s released 16 studio albums. From his most recent, 2017’s Honestly, here is “Kicks.”
Here’s the title track from 1997’s Sweet Thing, which earned him the Soul Train award.
His website has him in Florida, South and North Carolina beginning later this week. Check the site for specifics.
Boney James, your Two for Tuesday, April 2, 2019.