Kenny G Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 June 1956Seattle, Washington, USA
Birth NameKenneth Bruce Gorelick
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kenny G was born on June 5, 1956 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Kenneth Bruce Gorelick.

Spouse (2)

Lyndie Benson (5 April 1992 - 9 August 2012) (divorced) (2 children)
Janice Deleon (15 June 1980 - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Complex soprano saxophone songs
His long curly hair

Trivia (8)

Has two sons named Max and Noah.
Wife is close friends with Brooke Shields.
Loves to play golf when not playing the sax.
Sustained a single musical note on his saxophone for 45 minutes through a process known as "circular breathing." (1997)
Ranked in Golf Digest's "Top 100 in Music" (December 2006 issue) as the #1 musician golfer with a plus 0.6 Handicap Index.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Is a Phi Beta Kappa.
Appears in the music video for Katy Perry's single, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", alongside Rebecca Black, Darren Criss, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Kevin McHale, Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson.

Personal Quotes (29)

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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
When I play live, I feel how the audience is going and follow and lead at the same time.
There are a few countries that, for whatever reason, really enjoy listening to my music.
The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and smooth jazz was a nice surprise.
That's my ideal day, time with my boys.
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.
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.
Just because people play songs with great technique doesn't mean the records are better.
It wasn't until Duotones that I felt my true voice come out.
If I even lose my glasses or make a mistake. I become really disappointed in myself.
I'm responsive to my public, but I also follow my heart.
I'm just more into playing golf. It's a great thing.
I think everybody has to kind of decide what the word 'jazz' means to them, and that's fine.
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 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.
The Moment is an album that contains the best music I have ever produced.
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.
Finally, I was no longer a student and was making music for myself.
I really create everything I do from the heart.
I've learned that you simply can't control those bad vibes.
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 approach everything in my life the same way; if it feels right, I know it.

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