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James Bolden


James BoldenJames “Boogaloo” Bolden is a native Houstonian. From a very early age he had a passion for music. He learned to play classical trumpet during high school year and was a member of the school choir. Later, Bolden also learned to play the guitar.

Playing with famous acts such as Stevie Wonder, Issac Hayes, Temptations, Supremes, The Spinners and James Brown he gained knowledge and reputation and was eventually asked to join Duke Ellington's band. He eventually joined B.B. King's Blues band and over the years became their band leader. He played with B.B. King for more than 30 years. King gave Bolden his nickname, "Boogaloo", because of Bolden's restless feet.

Bolden's own R&B band is called the James Boogaloo Bolden Blues Band.