James "Boogaloo" Bolden

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James "Boogaloo" Bolden
Birth nameJames Bolden
Born (1950-02-09) February 9, 1950 (age 69)
Houston, Texas United States
OriginMissouri City, Texas, United States
GenresBlues, R&B, electric blues, blues rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsTrumpet, guitar, vocals
Associated actsB.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Issac Hayes, Temptations, Supremes, The Spinners, James Brown, Duke Ellington

James “Boogaloo” Bolden is an African American musician and band leader.


He was born February 9, 1950 to James and Rachel Bolden in Houston, Texas. From youth on he had a passion for music. He learned to play classical trumpet during his high school years and was a member of the school choir.[1] 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.[1] He eventually joined B.B. King's Blues band and over the years became band leader of that band. He stayed with B.B. King for more than 30 years. King gave Bolden his nickname, "Boogaloo", because of Bolden's restless feet.[2]

Bolden's own R&B band is called the James Boogaloo Bolden Blues Band.[3]


Two albums have been released by the James Boogaloo Bolden Blues band.

1. Playing to the King, released in 2007[4]

2. No News 'Jus' the Blues, released in 2013[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "James Boogaloo Bolden Blues Band Bio". ReverbNation. 1950-02-09. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  2. ^ Dansby, Andrew. "'Boogaloo' Bolden trumpets Houston blues". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  3. ^ "James Boogaloo Bolden Blues Band". ReverbNation. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  4. ^ a b "James "Boogaloo" Bolden | Album Discography". AllMusic. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  5. ^ Greg Flakus. "'Boogaloo' Bolden's New Blues Album Crosses Borders". Voanews.com. Retrieved 2015-11-03.