Kenny G is known around the world for his smooth jazz saxophone sound. His professional solo career started in the '80s, and he has never looked back. He won a Grammy award for Best Instrumental Composition in 1994 and has been nominated for 13 others. That same year, he won the American Music Award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. His style of music fuses elements of jazz, R&B and pop. His distinctive sound has appeared in movie scores and alongside other performers such as Weezer, Aretha Franklin and George Benson.
Knowing When It's Time to Go Home
Kenny G's 1990 album, Kenny G Live, featured the now-familiar tune "Going Home." The song is a combination of Kenny G's saxophone, synthesizer and simple percussion. It was featured on radio stations around the world. Although it only made it to No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year, it was a mega-hit in China. In fact, it still used today as an unofficial closing signal in the country. Many shops announce that it is closing time by playing the tune over loudspeakers. Several television stations sign off with "Going Home." In some regions, the trains indicate the end of the line with the sweet strains of Kenny G's saxophone.
Where can I buy Kenny G tickets?
Kenny G is an active performer with concert dates at venues around the country. If you are looking to hear his smooth jazz music, you can find the best tickets at StubHub.
What can I expect from a Kenny G concert?
Kenny G is known for his unique style of smooth jazz. His music focuses on a strong saxophone melody with mild improvisation. Kenny G plays his saxophone, interpreting the musical line like a singer. Some musicians see him in the tradition of songs without words that started in the late-1800s. He is also known for his collaborations with various performers, especially in the R&B world. When you go to a Kenny G concert, you can expect a mix of his solo favorites interspersed with duets with singers.
What is a Kenny G setlist like?
A Kenny G concert setlist is a mix of his classic hits with arrangements of jazz standard tunes. A recent setlist includes "Going Home," "Silhouette," "G-Bop," "Havana," "Forever in Love," "Desafinado," "The Girl From Ipanema," "Naima," "Pick Up the Pieces," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Innocence."
Does Kenny G work with other musicians?
Kenny G has worked with many different musicians over his long career. He has collaborated with jazz musicians such as David Sanborn and David Benoit. Kenny G has also joined forces with many R&B singers, including Aaron Neville, Smokey Robinson and Natalie Cole. He has also worked with pop musicians like Michael Bolton and Celine Dion.
What kind of instruments does Kenny G play?
Kenny G plays soprano, tenor and alto saxophone depending on the tune. Although he has his own line of saxophones, he normally plays Selmer Mark VI instruments in concert.
Has Kenny G won any unusual awards?
In 1997, Kenny G was awarded a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. He used a breathing technique known as circular breathing in which air is pushed out of the mouth while inhaling through the nose. He was able to play an uninterrupted E-flat for 45 minutes and 47 seconds.
Is Kenny G touring this year?
In 2019, Kenny G will be on a North American tour with stops on both coasts and several concerts in the Midwest. Some of the places you can expect to see Kenny G perform include in Chattanooga, Tenn., San Diego, Calif., Dallas, Texas and Lexington, Mass.Back to Top
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