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      June 7, 2019

      Friday   7:30 PM

      1013 K Street
      Sacramento, California 95814

      Kenny G

      A phenomenally successful instrumentalist whose recordings routinely made the pop, R&B, andjazz charts during the 1980s and 90s, Kenny Gs sound became a staple on adultcontemporary and smooth jazz radio stations. Hes a fine player with an attractive sound(influenced a bit by Grover Washington, Jr.) who often caresses melodies, putting a lot ofemotion into his solos. Because he does not improvise much (sticking mostly to predictablemelody statements), his music largely falls outside of jazz. However, because he is listed at thetop of contemporary jazz charts and is identified with jazz in the minds of the mass public, heis classified as jazz.Kenny Gorelick started playing professionally with Barry Whites Love Unlimited Orchestra in1976. He recorded with Cold, Bold & Together (a Seattle-based funk group) and freelancedlocally. After graduating from the University of Washington, Kenny G worked with JeffLorber Fusion, making two albums with the group. Soon he was signed to Arista, recording hisdebut as a leader in 1982. His fourth album, Duotones(which included the very popularSongbird), made him into a star. Soon he was in demand for guest appearances on recordingsof such famous singers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole. Kenny Gsown records have sold remarkably well, particularly Breathless, which has easily topped eightmillion copies in the U.S.; his total album sales top 30 million copies. The holidayalbum Miracles, released in 1994, and 1996s Moment continued the momentum of his massivecommercial success. He also recorded his own version of the Celine Dion/Titanic smash MyHeart Will Go On in 1998, but the following year he released Classics in the Key of G, acollection of jazz standards like Round Midnight and Body and Soul, possibly to reclaimsome jazz credibility.Faith: A Holiday Album was released that same year, followed by a limited-edition re-releaseof the 1997 Greatest Hits disc. In 2002 Kenny G dipped into tropical territory with Paradise,which featured guest appearances by Brian McKnight and Chant Moore. This was followedby a music video collection, another holiday album, entitled Wishes, and, in 2003, a secondgreatest-hits collection, Ultimate Kenny G. Perhaps in a bid to shake up his discography a bit,in 2004 Kenny G released At Last...The Duets Album, which featured duets with LeAnnRimes and Chaka Khan. Two years later, smooth jazzs king of the soprano sax returned to apurely instrumental approach on the brassy, big-band-inspired albums HolidayCollectionand Im in the Mood for Love; 2006 was also the year the artist was dubbed thebest golfer in music by Golf Digest, beating out Vince Gill for the number one spot. In 2008,Kenny G released the Latin-inspired Rhythm and Romance. The sax player next drifted towardR&B for 2010s Heart and Soul, which featured guest vocals from RobinThicke and Babyface. A collection with Rahul Sharma called Namaste followed in 2012, andin 2015 Kenny G released a tribute to bossa nova titled Brazilian Nights.

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