Jazz In The Garden Artist Boney James Nominated For NAACP Image Award

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Starting the year off with a bang, multi-platinum Saxophonist Boney James has received his second NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album. Released in April 2013, The Beat was the #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album for 8 weeks and has remained firmly Top 10 since. James says, “It is so gratifying to get nominated for this record. It’s my 14th CD and I really felt like it was some of my best work. It’s really all about blending genres, so to be recognized by the NAACP Image Awards in this way is a truly wonderful feeling.”

In addition to the NAACP Nom, this past year also saw The Beat honored with a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album and a Soul Train Award Nomination. James’ Urban crossover hit Maker Of Love ft Raheem DeVaughn went top 15 UAC and his 2 SJ singles both topped the chart giving James the record for most Number Ones on the Billboard SJ Songs Chart since its inception.

In their review of The Beat, The New York Times said: “The relaxed charisma of Mr. James’ tone is one reason his approach works…another is his sturdy sense of phrase. Like Grover Washington, Jr., a pioneer in this field, he sounds at ease but alert, and he’s capable of striking an imploring tone without an overdose of saccharine.”

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Jazz in the Gardens has easily become the City of Miami Gardens’ premiere entertainment event. Having 11 years of history under its belt, Jazz in the Gardens celebrates diversity, culture and art through various genres of music. Event-goers find themselves entrenched in the rich beats and musical stylings that vibrate from the stage. The event not only brings world-renowned talent to Miami Gardens, but it gives local artists the opportunity to be seen, heard and possibly discovered. Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival has been deemed as the undeniable “travel destination for the spring.” JITG occurs annually in March and serves as the inaugural event of the highly anticipated music festival season. The JITG experience is complemented by scenic beaches, plentiful shopping, incredible golf courses, 5-star restaurants, and many other inviting attractions which make South Florida a “must visit” destination. The City of Miami Gardens and its partners are committed to producing an extraordinary experience for our supporters and sponsors.
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