Boney James is legendary musician and saxophonist with several accolades to his credit including three GRAMMY nominations, and a Soul Train Award winner (Best Jazz Album). He has also been honored with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album and has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records.
James' recently released his 14th album, The Beat, a dynamic, genre-busting album "The Beat". On the new project, James’ new project fuses his R&B/Jazz roots with Latin rhythm and percussion.
I invited Boney to the show to talk about his beginnings, journey, music and what he's learned along the way.
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Boney James is a Grammy nominated saxophonist that has released 14 albums albums since 1992 including his latest, The Beat in 2013.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, he took up the clarinet at the age of eight and switched to saxophone when he was ten. Raised in New Rochelle, New York, he was influenced by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire and saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. When James was 14, his family moved to Los Angeles. He received a degree in History from UCLA and began playing music full-time after graduation. After 7 years of touring as a sideman with such artists as Morris Day, The Isley Brothers, Randy Crawford and Bobby Caldwell, he released his debut record as a leader, 1992's "Trust". Boney resides in Los Angeles with his wife, award winning actress-filmmaker Lily Mariye (best known as Nurse Lily Jarvik on ER for 15 seasons).