About Boney James
Boney James picked up the saxophone at age 10 after a teacher asked him to swap instruments because there were too many clarinets in the school band.
∙ When he was 19, he began gigging around L.A. with his fusion band Line One, opening for such jazz artists as Yellowjackets.
∙ He got his first big break when he nailed a 1985 audition to become keyboardist (and eventual saxophonist) for Morris Day’s backing band.
∙ The nickname “Boney” was given to him during a tour with Randy Crawford, after James joked that he was going to save money on the road by not eating.
∙ He’s been nominated for Grammy and NAACP Image Awards, and he won a Soul Train Award for his 1997 album, Sweet Thing.
∙ James doesn’t sing, but he has recorded with guest vocalists Al Jarreau, Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, and Mario.
∙ Eleven of his studio albums have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart.
BORNSeptember 1, 1961