Kenny G

Kenneth Bruce Gorelick is an American Smooth Jazz saxophonist, songwriter and record producer.  He began playing the saxophone at twelve years old.  Kenny G was born on June 5th, 1956 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.  Kenny G’s mother is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada.  He attended high school in Seattle, Washington then went on to attend the University of Washington.  While Kenny G was still in high school, he got his first job as a sideman for Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra at seventeen years old.  He played with the Jeff Lorber Fusion Band before beginning a solo career.  Kenny G signed with Arista records as a solo artist in 1982.  He released several albums including “Kenny G”, “G-Force” and “Gravity” which earned him platinum status in America.  Kenny G’s fame and success skyrocketed with the release of his fourth studio album “Duotones”.  This album had hit singles such as “Songbird”, which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts; and “Don’t Make me Wait for Love”, which featured vocals from Lenny Williams.  This single reached number fifteen on the Hot 100 charts and number two on the Adult Contemporary Charts in 1987.  In the mid to late 80’s, Kenny G worked with Jazz and R&B artists such as George Benson, Pattie LaBelle and Aretha Franklin.  He also had a long list of collaborators; Andrea Bocelli, Aaron Neville, Toni Braxton, Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Natalie Cole, Steve Miller, Weezer, Michael Bolton, Smokey Robinson and Celine Deon, to name a few.  Since Kenny G is said to be influenced by Grover Washington Jr., his albums are usually classified as Smooth Jazz.  His music is categorized in the Adult Contemporary , Smooth Jazz and Easy Listening genres.  Kenny G’s sixth studio album “Breathess”, which was released in 1992, went on to become the best selling instrumental album ever with over fifteen million copies sold worldwide.  This album featured many hits including the single “Forever in Love”, which won the Grammy award for Best Instrumental Composition.  Kenny G was married two times early in his career.  First to Janice Deleon(1980-87) and then to Lyndie Benson(1992-2012).  He is described as “A phenomenally successful instrumentalist whose recordings routinely made the Pop, R&B, and Jazz charts during the 1980’s and 1990’s”.  Kenny G now lives in Malibu, California and plays golf regularly.  He is also an aircraft pilot who flies his sea plane often.  He has also created his own line of saxophones called “Kenny G Saxophones”.

 

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