Hartt & Soul Productions Presents: Benefitting One World
Early Show : 7:00 PM
Late Show : 9:30 PM
It’s been over 25 years since a young Boney James released his debut recording, Trust. In that time, multi-GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum-selling musician has become one of the most successful, genre-blurring saxophonists and composers on the Contemporary Jazz scene. His 2015 release, futuresoul, spent eleven weeks at number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart, followed by 2017’s, Honesty¸ which debuted at number one on the both Billboard’s Jazz and Contemporary Jazz charts. The New York Times raved, “Boney James performs with panache…His arc as a soloist is emotional…he can paint a scene.” James points directly toward some of his greatest influences as having provided inspiration. “I think about Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire,” he says, also mentioning such iconic R&B and Contemporary Jazz Artists as the Brothers Johnson, Tower of Power and Grover Washington Jr. as having impacted him. His skill as a performer as well as a recording artist garnered this notice from the Boston Globe, “James swaggered across the stage like a blacktop hero draining treys on an overmatched opponent. He even weaved his way through the audience, never missing a beat and all but daring the crowd not to have a good time.” Over the years, he has racked up sales of more than three million records, four RIAA gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 CDs atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart. In 2009, Billboard named him one of the Top Three Contemporary Jazz Artists of The Decade along with Kenny G and Norah Jones.