Kenny G. is an acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, known for his work in the genres of instrumental smooth jazz as well as adult contemporary music. Over the course of his decades-long career, Kenny G. has built a reputation for his immense talent. Critics and jazz fans alike have come to love and adore his music, helping him to amass scores of fans and tens of millions of album sales. Kenny G. is now set to tour the United States once more, in support of his latest album, much to the delight of his admirers. Because the latter will be eagerly anticipating attending his concerts, Kenny G. tickets will be likely to become one of the hottest entertainment commodities of this year.
Born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick in Seattle, Washington, the virtuoso saxophonist was drawn to music from an early age. At the age of ten, he saw someone playing the saxophone on The Ed Sullivan Show, was immediately hooked and wasted no time in trying to learn the instrument himself. After getting hold of a Buffet Crampon, little Kenny was initially given lessons by Gerald Pfister, a local trumpet player. But Kenny’s most valuable lessons came from the records that he listened to, as he would learn new things simply by trying to emulate them.
As he grew up, so did Kenny G.’s passion for music. He continued to take lessons throughout high school – where he joined the jazz band – and in college, during the course of which he took lessons from Johnny Jessen. He also broadened his skillset by learning the clarinet. All the while, he had started his professional music career already. While still in high school, Kenny got his first job as a sideman in Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra. He also played with Cold, Bold & Together, a local funk group and then became a contributing member of another local band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion.
By 1982, Kenny G. was ready to strike out on his own, professionally. He had built a strong skillset as well as a reputation by now and was able to secure a solo deal from Arista Records. His first full-length album, which was self-titled, was released in the same year and peaked at No. 10 on the US Jazz charts. The album also sold really well and eventually went on to go be certified Gold by the RIAA.
Bolstered by this promising start, came two more albums, 1984’s G Force and the following year’s Gravity. Both of these releases were even more successful than the first, and have now been certified Platinum in America. They both charted really well on the US Jazz charts – No. 6 and 13, respectively – but also charted the general music charts as the R&B charts. This was certainly a first and signaled a widening of Kenny G.’s music. Critical consensus throughout this period was also generally very positive towards the artist’s music. Some commenters called it a refreshing change from the pop and metal music prevalent at the time.
However, Kenny G.’s first really big break was yet to come and arrived dutifully after Gravity. This was his fourth album, released in 1986 and called Duotones. Met with unprecedented critical acclaim and an equally high number of sales – the album went five-times Platinum in the US – Duotones solidified Kenny G.’s status as both a star and an artist. The album charted No. 5 on the US Jazz charts, No. 8 on the US R&B charts. And, for the first time ever, a Kenny G. album peaked at No. 6 on the mainstream music charts.
This success was repeated to a lesser extent by Kenny G.’s next album, Silhouette, but it wasn’t until his sixth full-length release that he really made his mark. Titled Breathless, the album was a record-breaking success. To date, it is the highest-selling instrumental album of time, with twelve million copies sold in the US alone, and three million more internationally.
Over the course of his long career, Kenny G. has released a total of fourteen studio albums, six holiday compilations, two live albums and many more. He has collaborated with the likes of Toni Braxton, Andrea Bocelli and Whitney Houston, among others. He won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition and was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having played the longest saxophone note ever recorded.
Kenny G. is a phenomenon, one whose fans come to see him in droves. His upcoming show will be no exception. Kenny G. tickets are now widely available.
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