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The Ridgefield Playhouse: 80 East Ridge Ridgefield, CT 06877

Boney James

Special Guest: Project Grand SlamBoney-174x254

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8pm

Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series

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Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for an Italian wine tasting by Pera Wines and an art exhibit by Lisa Cuscuna!

It’s been a full quarter-century since a young saxophonist and composer released his debut recording as a leader, Trust. Now, on September 1, 2017, Boney James released his 16th album, titled Honestly! Honestly, says Boney James, is quite different sounding than the previous record. “It’s more exposed,” he says of the 10-track collection. “Some of the arrangements are not as dense. A number of the songs have a more buoyant, cheerful, happy quality to them.” James produced the record and co-wrote all but one track, his interpretation of the Johnny Mercer-Hoagy Carmichael classic ‘Skylark.’

Four-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James needs no introduction to contemporary jazz fans.  The gifted saxophonist, veteran of four RIAA gold albums, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 #1 albums on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, has sold over 3 million records during his career. Four of them have received Grammy nominations, including 2013’s The Beat. His last album, futuresoul, released in 2015, topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for 11 weeks. Tracks such as “Drumline” and “Vinyl” show off Boney’s love of vintage soul as well as his mastery of modern digital production and signature laid back style.  This incredibly accomplished artist — who broke into music in the mid-80s touring with acts such as The Isley Brothers, Morris Day (The Time), Randy Crawford and Teena Marie, and emerged as a solo force in 1992 with his breakthrough debut, Trust — has long been influenced by contemporary R&B. Boney lays it all out there with his new CD “Honestly.” Ten songs (9 co-written by Boney) with hit-making special guests Avery*Sunshine and Eric Roberson on vocals.  “Honestly” is an affirmation of the power of Music.

Kicking off the night is Project Grand Slam!  The brainchild of acclaimed bassist and composer Robert Miller, Project Grand Slam is a Jazz Rock Fusion band with a twist of Classic Rock and Latin, which has earned over one million video views while defying genres, languages and geographic boundaries. PGS has had several top radio singles – “The Captain Of Her Heart” (ft. Judie Tzuke on vocals) from ‘Play’ (2008), “Catch You Later” and the title song from ‘Spring Dance’ (2012), “Fire” and “New York City Groove” among others.

Tickets: $60

AllShows.com VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and free house wine and beer from 6:30 – 7:00pm! Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795!

Make it a great night out with dinner and a show! Visit Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue • Ridgefield) for an early dinner and receive 10% off when you show your ticket!

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