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Encyclopedia > Boney James

James Oppenheim, better known as Boney James, is a smooth jazz saxophonist who popularized urban jazz (an updated version of smooth jazz that contains elements of hip-hop).


James has produced fabulous remakes of classic soul songs, such as Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing," Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'" (which had also been redone by Luther Vandross) and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine (When She's Gone)." In addition, he collaborated with trumpeter Rick Braun on an album called "Shake it Up." Their duets include "Grazin' in the Grass," which had been previously performed by the Friends of Distinction and Hugh Masekela.


Some James originals include "Metropolis," "After the Rain" and "Here She Comes."




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Boney James - Biography - AOL Music (344 words)
The future Boney James studied clarinet when he was eight, switching to saxophone two years later.
James was soon playing in a fusion band (Line One) which was strong enough to open for Flora Purim and the Yellowjackets.
James went on the road as a keyboardist with Morris Day in 1985 and eventually convinced Day that he should be playing saxophone instead.
Smooth Jazz Now (3101 words)
We talked to James on August 3, the day 'Pure' was released and we covered a lot of ground from his sensual style of playing to old school chums who helped guide his early contemporary Jazz taste.
Boney - Originally when I wrote the song it was just going to be an urban adult kind of thing but once the song was finished I thought that this song deserved some other kind of feel so I just re-cut the whole thing and I think that's where the great energy comes from.
Boney - Yeah, it was as well with the last CD 'Ride." I was feeling that if I had the material why not have it be more of an artistic statement of my own as opposed as recreating someone else's thing although I have had fun doing covers in the past.
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