Two for Tuesday: Kenny G

Saxophonist (soprano, alto, and tenor) Kenny Gorelick, better known to smooth jazz fans everywhere as Kenny G, takes a lot of grief from critics, some of it deserved, some of it not. Regardless, he has sold a lot of albums, mostly in the late ’80’s to the early 2000’s, and people still flock to his concerts.

He’s released 15 studio albums, most of which have placed in the Top 10 on the Jazz Album chart, and has had some chart success, beginning in 1987 with “Songbird,” from his 1986 album Duo-Tones. The single reached #4 on the Hot 100, #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #23 on the R&B chart, and #22 in the UK.

He has managed to score a #1 on the Jazz chart with “Heart and Soul,” title track of his 2010 album.

Kenny has a website which tells us that this evening he’ll be doing a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia as part of his Southeast Asia tour. He’s scheduled to kick off his “The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour 2018” in Joliet, Illinois on November 29, so be sure and get your tickets for that. Links to his Facebook and Twitter accounts can be found there, but oddly no discography. However, Discogs tells us that his most recent studio album is 2015’s Brazilian Nights, which contains a number of bossa nova classics.

Kenny G, your Two for Tuesady, November 6, 2018.

19 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: Kenny G

  1. Most people don’t know this, but Kenny G was a huge inspiration to former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. After serving in the UN, Ghali took up the saxophone. He called himself Ghali G…

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  2. Another one I’ve forgotten about. I’ve been making lots of trips to the library lately to get CDs from things I’ve heard on your blog (and others through SLS) to add to my iTunes library. Just how many tunes can my library hold?

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    1. Best I can tell, there’s no limit, although I did see a number close to 38000, but that was ten years ago. I’m at around 12000 and it isn’t even breathing hard. You might want to check on YouTube. A lot of albums are there, actually supplied by the record companies, so you can stream them from there.

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