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Boney James

Four gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, two NAACP Image Award nominations, a Soul Train Music Award and a nomination, sales totaling more than 3 million records. Chart-topping saxophonist Boney James embodies the phrase "horn of plenty.” "I'm always thinking about making music,” he says. "It's still my consuming passion.” That passion reverberates throughout James' latest project, The Beat. The April 9 release marks his 14th album as well as his return to former label Concord Records. It's a penetrating fusion of R&B, jazz and Latin rhythms given voice by James' emotive saxophone and such guests as trumpet hitman Rick Braun, R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn and spoken word phenom The Floacist. "There was no sense that this had to be a certain thing,” recalls James, who was between labels when he began recording the album

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Article: In Pictures

The 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

Read "The 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival" reviewed by La-Faithia White


Jazz and Blues lovers enjoyed a breathtaking view on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, North Carolina for the ninth annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. The two day event happens every Labor Day weekend. Saturday's lineup consisted of the John Coltrane Youth Workshop, Laurin Talese with the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star ...

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Article: Live Review

The Los Cabos Jazz Experience 2018

Read "The Los Cabos Jazz Experience 2018" reviewed by Wendy Ross


Life Luxe Jazz -The Los Cabos Jazz Experience Norman Brown, Boney James, et al. Los Cabos, Baja California, Sur, Mexico November 1-4, 2018 Life Luxe Jazz -The Los Cabos, Jazz Experience took place at the Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort November 1-4. The first annual Life Luxe Jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Brian Simpson: Persuasion

Read "Persuasion" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


There's jazz that is edgy, startling, daring, confrontational and demands attention be paid. It grabs you by the ears and pulls you close and won't let go. Then there's a kinda/sorta jazz where all the edges have been sanded off, there's no chances taken, no unexpected or startling moments, and nothing is ever at risk. If ...

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Futuresoul

Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2015
Track listing: Drumline; Vinyl; A Little Attitude; Watchu Gon' Do About It?; Either Way; Hand In Hand; Fortuneteller; The Moment; Futuresoul; Far From Home

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Article: Album Review

Boney James: Futuresoul

Read "Futuresoul" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


At this point, with 15 albums under his belt, it's been established what Boney James does and does not do well. If you are in search of an adventurous artist who is constantly pushing the envelope and challenging himself and the listener by daring to deviate from expectation, keep looking: this is not the saxophonist you ...

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News: Recording

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

New single from the late guitarist Jeff Golub debuts in the Billboard Top 20 ahead of Tuesday’s album release with sales benefitting The Golub family. New York, NY: A few days prior to New Year’s Day, the day guitarist Jeff Golub passed away at age 59, his frequent collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner ...

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News: Event

Bilal Announces Two Shows At Harlem Stage On March 27

Bilal Announces Two Shows At Harlem Stage On March 27

Forever pushing boundaries with his eclectic sound, Grammy-nominated artist and transcendent live performer Bilal returns to Harlem Stage to present new music from his exciting collaboration with Adrian Younge, a producer/composer/musician, heralded as “the next generation of soul music." A classically trained vocal veteran, Bilal released his debut album, 1st Born Second, in 2001, which boasted ...

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News: Recording

Saxophonist ShaShaty Set To Embark Upon A “Dream Ride” Leading To A “brighter Day”

Saxophonist ShaShaty Set To Embark Upon A “Dream Ride” Leading To A “brighter Day”

Vibrant radio single precedes the artist’s Steve Oliver-produced album, due March 3. Los Angeles, CA: It’s a new dawn for veteran contemporary jazz saxophonist ShaShaty, who will release his sixth album entitled “Brighter Day,” on March 3 on the newly formed A.H.I. Records. His first collection comprised entirely of original songs in more than a decade, ...

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Article: Tell Me More

Boney James: The Beat Goes On

Read "Boney James: The Beat Goes On" reviewed by Belinda Ware


Saxophonist Boney James is a prolific musician and songwriter gifted with an ear for creating music inspired by artistic expressionism. As an architect of original songs, James is an intellectual man of modest demeanor who has established himself as a musical pioneer in his intuitive discovery of the formula for longevity in his mellifluous career spanning ...


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