A phenomenally successful instrumentalist whose recordings routinely produced the pop, R&B, and jazz graphs through the 1980s and ’90s, Kenny G’s audio became a staple on adult modern and simple jazz r / c. He’s an excellent player with a stylish sound (affected a little by Grover Washington, Jr.) who frequently caresses melodies, placing a whole lot of feelings into his solos. Because he will not improvise very much (sticking mainly to predictable melody claims), his music mainly falls beyond jazz. Nevertheless, because he’s listed near the top of “modern jazz” charts and it is determined with jazz in the thoughts of the mass general public, he is categorized as jazz. Kenny Gorelick began playing skillfully with Barry White’s Appreciate Unlimited Orchestra in 1976. He documented with Cold, Daring & Jointly (a Seattle-based funk group) and freelanced locally. After graduating from the School of Washington, Kenny G caused Jeff Lorber Fusion, producing two albums using the group. Shortly he was agreed upon to Arista, documenting his debut being a head in 1982. His 4th record, Duotones (including the very well-known “Songbird”), produced him right into a superstar. Shortly he was popular for guest performances on recordings of such well-known performers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole. Kenny G’s very own records have marketed remarkably well, especially Breathless, which includes conveniently topped eight million copies within the U.S.; his total album product sales best 30 million copies. The vacation album Wonders, released in 1994, and 1996’s Minute continuing the momentum of his substantial commercial achievement. He also documented his own edition from the Celine Dion/Titanic smash “My Center Will CONTINUE” in 1998, however the pursuing calendar year he released Classics in the main element of G, a assortment of jazz criteria like “‘Circular Midnight” and “Body and Spirit,” perhaps to reclaim some jazz reliability. Faith: ANY OCCASION Album premiered that same calendar year, accompanied by a limited-edition re-release from the 1997 Greatest Strikes disk. In 2002 Kenny G dipped into tropical place with Heaven, which featured visitor performances by Brian McKnight and Chanté Moore. This is accompanied by a music video collection, another vacation album, entitled Wants, and, in 2003, another greatest-hits collection, Best Kenny G. Probably in a bet to tremble up his discography a little, in 2004 Kenny G released FINALLY…The Duets Record, which featured “duets” with LeAnn Rimes and Chaka Khan. 2 yrs later, even jazz’s king from the soprano sax came back to a solely instrumental approach over the brassy, big-band-inspired albums Vacation Collection and I’m within the Disposition for Like; 2006 was also the entire year the musician was dubbed the very best golfer in music by Golfing Digest, defeating out Vince Gill for the main place. In 2008, Kenny G released the Latin-inspired Tempo and Love. The sax participant following drifted toward R&B for 2010’s Core, which featured visitor vocals from Robin Thicke and Babyface. A series with Rahul Sharma known as Namaste adopted in 2012, and in 2015 Kenny G released a tribute to bossa nova entitled Brazilian Nights.
Full Name Kenny G
Salary 50 million dollars
Height 1.71 m
Profession Saxophonist, Aircraft pilot, Investor, Composer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Radio personality
Education Franklin High School, University of Washington
Awards Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition, Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Album, American Music Award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist
Music Groups The Rippingtons
Music Songs Songbird, Forever in Love, The Moment, Sentimental, Don't Make Me Wait for Love, Going Home, By the Time This Night Is Over, The Wedding Song, My Heart Will Go On, Silhouette, Theme From 'Dying Young', Even If My Heart Would Break, We've Saved the Best for Last, Havana, Everytime I Close My Eyes, The Joy of Life, Midnight Motion, The Moon Represents My Heart, Hi! How Ya Doin?, The Girl From Ipanema, Sister Rose, That Somebody Was You, Careless Whisper, Against Doctor's Orders, What Does It Take, The Look of Love, You Make Me Believe, Eternal Light, Bossa Real, Baby G, I Do It for You, Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet
Albums The Moment, Breathless, Duotones, Brazilian Nights, Heart and Soul, Rhythm & Romance, Kenny G Live, Silhouette, Classics in the Key of G, Kenny G, Paradise, Miracles: The Holiday Album, Faith: A Holiday Album, G Force, Namaste, Gravity, Kenny G Collection, Best, Kenny G – Greatest Hits, The Very Best of Kenny G, The Greatest Holiday Classics, At Last...The Duets Album, The Essential Kenny G, Ultimate Kenny G, The Collection, Six of Hearts, The Holiday Collection, The Romance of Kenny G, Montage, In America, I'm in the Mood for Love...The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time, Wishes: A Holiday Album, I Do It, The Classic Christmas Album, Songbird: The Ultimate Collection, Forever in Love: The Best Of Kenny G, Songbird the Best of Kenny G, Playlist: The Very Best of Kenny G, In America (1994 Live In USA)
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song, Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Album, Billboard Music Award for Top Pop Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Album - Solo
Movies Dying Young, Andrea Bocelli: Vivere: Live in Tuscany, Wheedle's Groove, Kenny G Live, Kenny G: Live at Montreux: 1987 & 1988
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I approach everything in my life the same way; if it feels right, I know it.
What is music anyway? It's a form of communication, and that's why I play the kind of music that I think - that I hope - can communicate with people.
I've learned that you simply can't control those bad vibes.
I really create everything I do from the heart.
Finally, I was no longer a student and was making music for myself.
Maybe the biggest thing that I've learned musically is that anything is possible. Things can work when maybe they don't seem like they can.
The Moment is an album that contains the best music I have ever produced.
I just started as a part of the public school music program. I took lessons at the school every Friday and was a part of the school band. I was just a normal kid taking instrumental lessons at school, nothing special.
I started realizing that music is the one area where I've always let go. When that saxophone goes into my mouth, I get into a space where I never think about the notes I've already played or anticipate the notes ahead.
I think everybody has to kind of decide what the word 'jazz' means to them, and that's fine.
I'm just more into playing golf. It's a great thing.
I'm responsive to my public, but I also follow my heart.
If I even lose my glasses or make a mistake. I become really disappointed in myself.
It wasn't until Duotones that I felt my true voice come out.
Just because people play songs with great technique doesn't mean the records are better.
Just figure out what you think jazz is, and then if it fits into that category, it's jazz, and if it doesn't, it isn't. It's no big deal.
Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I think the ordinary guy has just as much right to say 'This is a good song' as somebody who is in the music business.
That's my ideal day, time with my boys.
The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and smooth jazz was a nice surprise.
There are a few countries that, for whatever reason, really enjoy listening to my music.
When I play live, I feel how the audience is going and follow and lead at the same time.
Being a purely instrumental album, it makes a musical statement, not a religious one, and I hope that people can feel the emotion of the great melodies, even without the words.
I don't play the traditional Charlie Parker songs. But I do improvise and I do create with my instrument, and that to me is jazz. But there are people who use the word 'jazz' only in a traditional sense, and they would be offended by that, and that's fine.
I learned so much about playing and touring being on the road and in the studio with Jeff, but I'd always played a lot of gigs in Seattle even prior to joining the Fusion.
I listen to all the top 20 songs, and top 20 albums, even the rap albums. But I don't like negative messages. If somebody is putting a lot of ego out there, I don't like it. When I make my records I want it to be sincere.
I've never personally criticized anyone else's music, but I know that the public's real problem is not the music I make but the perception that I play simple music for money only and for the notoriety and to increase my popularity.
I've never really played golf. With the sax, I learned technique well enough so that it feels like part of my body, and I just express myself. That's where I want to get in golf.
Well, Grover Washington was my main influence and when I went to college, I started listening to more of the jazz masters like Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane.
You can't just walk away when somebody recognizes you. You have to take some time out and talk to them. It's not a waste of time - I just love talking to people. And I don't do this to sell records. The truth is, I do what I do because I love it.