When he was a kid, Boney James wanted to play the trumpet but the music store in his native New Rochelle, N.Y., only had clarinets. James mastered the woodwind instrument but then his music teacher asked him to pick up the saxophone. He agreed though he wasn’t happy with having to carry a heavy case.
The brass mouthpiece quickly became James’s favorite thing to play.
Today, the accomplished saxophonist is a four-time Grammy Award nominee, a Soul Train Award winner and is considered one of the top contemporary jazz artists.
He has sold more than three million albums and has been honored with two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Jazz Album.
James, 56, plans...