Boney James talked with us about his concert tour during his homecoming performance at the Greek Theatre last week.
Four-time GRAMMY Award nominee and multi-platinum musician Boney James continues on his Honestly Tour 2019. Having already played over ninety dates since the record’s release, the dynamic saxophonist has added additional dates for May through November. The genre-blurring artist continues to ride the waves made by his latest album, Honestly.
James’ sixteenth release dominated the #1 spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for four weeks. In addition to topping the Billboard Jazz Albums Charts, Honestly also was a career high Billboard Current Albums Chart debut for James landing at #22, a rare feat for an instrumental artist.
The album has also had great success at Radio. A Top 20 Urban AC crossover, the title track “Honestly” featuring Avery*Sunshine, plus three consecutive #1 singles at Smooth AC ; “Tick Tock”, “On The Prowl” and “Up All Night”.
Since his 1992 debut as a solo artist James 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 now 11 CDs atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. In 2009, Billboard named him one of the top three Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade along with Kenny G and Norah Jones.
With Honestly, as with futuresoul and the GRAMMY-nominated The Beat before it, James is making some of the most stellar, wholly realized music of his career. “We are living in interesting times. The one thing I can do with the skills that I have is to make music that evokes feelings. I’m doing what I can to try and make the world a more pleasant place.”
Boney James: The Honestly Tour 2019
Jul 19 House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
Jul 20 House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
Aug 01 Fraze Pavilion – Kettering, OH
Aug 02 The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
Aug 04 The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Sep 01 John Coltrane Jazz Fest – High Point, NC
Sep 02 Cannon Center for the Performing Arts – Memphis, TN
Sep 13 Byham Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 14 Atlantic City Jazz Fest/Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City – Atlantic City, NJ
Oct 17 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival – Rehoboth Beach, DE
Oct 18 The Grand Opera House – Wilmington, DE
Oct 20 Catalina Island Jazztrax Fest – Avalon, CA
Oct 24 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley – Seattle, WA
Oct 25 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley – Seattle, WA
Oct 26 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley – Seattle, WA
Nov 07 Jazz Legacy Gala/Hampton Roads Convention Center – Hampton, VA