The lanky, long-haired alto player from Seattle took the contemporary jazz scene by storm in the 1980s, hewing to the “sex and sax” style of Grover Washington Jr., Kenny G’s idol even as a 10-year-old with his first horn.
Signed by legend Clive Davis, he went platinum with his second album; after 23 albums and 75 million sales worldwide, he’s claimed a Grammy Award, the top-selling instrumental album ever, and more than a dozen trips to the top of the charts. While it’s said that no one is immune to his groove, here are seven other reasons to hear for yourself why the G-man just might hit the spot. He’s won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which is the top professional-amateur event in all of sports, partnered with Phil Mickelson. Unless you do your shopping in China, you might not know this about Kenny G: All over China, his song “Going Home” is played in stores, markets, offices and other places at closing time. And while this makes Kenny G a very popular man with a huge market in China, it didn’t stop him from visiting the site of the 2014 Hong Kong protests and tweeting his hopes for “a peaceful and positive resolution.” Hold that note, Kenny.
He came into contact with the saxophone when he heard a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Kenny G attended Whitworth Elementary School, Sharples Junior High School, Franklin High School, and the University of Washington, all in his home city of Seattle.
Kenny G worked in the mid-to-late 1980s with jazz and R&B artists such as George Benson, Patti La Belle and Aretha Franklin.
The 1987 hit-single "Love Power", a Dionne Warwick duet with Jeffrey Osborne that featured G as a guest saxophonist, peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #5 on R&B/Hip-Hop songs.
World-renowned sax virtuoso Kenny G is regarded as one of smooth jazz’s premiere musicians, not to mention the biggest-selling instrumental musician of all time.
Be careful who you take as your date, though; his famous E-flat is known to bring lovers to their knees with pre-Valentine proposals: 7.
Kenny G is a god of love with a degree in tenderness.
When he entered high school he failed at his first attempt to get into the jazz band, but tried again the following year and earned first chair.
He released his self-titled first album with the help of The Jeff Lorber Fusion. He achieved success quite early on, with both G Force and Gravity, his second and third studio albums respectively, achieving platinum status in the United States.