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  1. KENNY G.’S SIGNATURE HAIRSTYLE...

    Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Got a joke about Kenny G? Bring it on, because the man himself would love to hear it.

    The smooth jazz legend's solo career has been going for more than three decades and he's sold 75 million albums — give or take a few. But Kenny's sax stylings have also earned him some vicious ribbing from "Saturday Night Live," "South Park" and "Family Guy," among many others.

    That doesn't bother the 59-year-old (full name Kenny Gorelick), who laughs along with the jokes at his expense. If you're gonna try to battle comedians, you'll look like you're crying over spilt milk,” he tells The Post. “Sometimes I’ll be walking with my friend George Lopez and he’ll introduce me by saying, ‘Hey, you know my friend Kenny G? You’ve been in elevators, right?’ It’s hilarious.”

    He's also still packing in fans on tour. His latest jaunt to promote the bossa-nova-flavored "Brazilian Nights"album stops at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ, on Saturday. We caught up with Kenny, who shared his thoughts on China, Whitney Houston and hair product.

    Read the whole article at NYPost.com

  2. Kenny G & Megadeth

    Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    You know him as nothing but a ‘G’ thang, but he also happens to be a pilot, golfer, stock-picker and, well, huge in China. Smooth-jazz maestro Kenny G has returned with the bossa nova-themed Brazilian Nights, his first studio album since 2010’s Heart and Soul. Can the long-locked saxophonist who has sold 75 million albums and chilled out another 75 million dental offices also compose punchlines to a few Awkward Questions? Let’s get a reed on the situation.

    Why go by the name “Kenny G”? Was “K Gorelick” not moving enough units? 
    The problem was that they didn’t know if it was pronounced like gorilla or garlic—I mean, people were thinking they were going to have to buy some sort of grocery item when they said my name. Kenny G is a lot smoother. 

    You were an early investor in Starbucks. Was that just to ensure placement of your albums? 
    Absolutely. That’s where you want your record—at the counter at Starbucks. My Christmas album Miracleswas actually the very first CD that Starbucks sold…. I think it goes best with a Frappuccino. It’s soothing and also sweet. 

    You’ve been ranked by Golf Digest as the no. 1 musician golfer. How stiff is the competition in that category? Or is Alice Cooper just not that intimidating in knickers without his makeup? 
    The competition is stiff, but the shaft on my driver is stiffer. And I think Alice Cooper is about a 5 or 6 handicap without makeup—but with makeup, he might give Tiger Woods a scare. 

    Would you consider coming out with a line of underwear called the Kenny G-String? 
    The truth is I used to sell G-strings at my concerts when I first started. They were for women, not for men. They had my name right in the sweet spot.

    Were they a big seller? 
    They weren’t, actually. In China, your song “Going Home” is piped into public places to let everyone know that it’s time to leave. 

    When you play concerts there, do you screw with the audience sometimes and open with “Going Home”? 
    It has to be the last song. Or it’s the first encore, and you rarely get a second encore after “Going Home.” There’s four people left that might want to hear more—but those would be the rebels. 

    Given that China doesn’t pay you royalties and you hold a degree in accounting, could you tell us how much they owe you? 
    Oh, let’s see. I think probably $30 or 40 million? It could be five times that much…. With China you just have to enjoy what they have to offer. 

    Ever just cut out the middle step and perform in an elevator? 
    I was on a cruise ship once and the elevators were clear, and people that were going up and down were watching me play. It was weird for me to play to an elevator as opposed to being played in an elevator.

    Using a technique called circular breathing, you set a record for sustaining an E-flat for more than 45 minutes. Why did you stop? 
    At that point it’s just boredom, right? I didn’t want to stop but what happened was that a little bit of spit got in the way of my reed and the mouthpiece and then the sound stuttered. And then the Guinness [World Records] people said, “That’s it! That’s it! You didn’t hold it anymore!” And they called it. I could’ve probably gone another 20, 30 minutes. I want to see if I can get a bunch of companies to sponsor me, to say, “I’ll give him a thousand dollars a minute,” and then see how much money I can make for a charity if I can hold it for an hour. It’s really hard to do for that long. You can’t swallow for an hour. Just think about walking around and not swallowing.

    What other records would you like to break? 
    I’d like to physically break the first record I made, because on the cover I look like Richard Simmons jumping off a trampoline mid-air doing some sort of a twist. It’s not a flattering shot.

    Read the full article at EW.com

  3. Kenny G Takes An Etiquette Solo

    Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

     

    Rico Gagliano: Yes, each week, you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is Kenny G. His smooth saxophone sounds have sold over 75 million records. That makes him one of the best-selling musicians of all time, and the biggest-selling instrumental musicians of the modern chart era. He has just released a new album, his fourteenth full-length. Did we count right? Is that right?

    Kenny G: I have no idea, actually.

    Rico Gagliano: It’s something like fourteen. Over a dozen.

    Kenny G: Okay, good. We’ll say fourteen.

    Rico Gagliano: Called “Brazilian Nights”, and Kenny, thank you for joining us, sir. Brendan Francis Newnam: So, Kenny, before we get to the new album, in researching your career, we came across this: Your first job, when you were still in high school, was playing for Barry White.

    Kenny G: That’s correct. That was my only job.

    Brendan Francis Newnam: What is it like, being a teen and working with this king of oversexed, 70s soul music? Or, is the answer in the question?

    Kenny G: Is that what he’s known as?

    Rico Gagliano: I think so.

    Brendan Francis Newnam: Around our office.

    Kenny G: Well, I was so young and so green. I was fifteen years younger than anybody else. I didn’t even know what to do with myself. But, I will give you a Barry White story. Years later, years later, I’m at the Soul Train Music Awards. Probably the only white guy within ten miles of the building, and I got an award. I got a Soul Train Music Award, which was obviously very flattering. So, I’m in the bathroom, and there comes Barry White in the restroom, in the men’s room, and he’s at the mirror, washing his hands or something like that, and I’m looking, and I’m going, man… First of all, I didn’t meet him when I was seventeen. I didn’t meet him. No. I was just one of many people. So, he didn’t know anything about me, but I’m thinking, you know, my name’s popular enough, so I’m sure I’m probably on Barry White’s radar at least. So, I walk up to him and I go, “Barry White, if it wasn’t for you, it was my first gig, I was in high school,” and all this stuff. He looks at me and goes, “Hey, that’s great, baby. Hand me a paper towel.” And, that’s it. That was my Barry White experience.

    Rico Gagliano: 75 million albums, but that was the highlight of your career right there, right?

    Kenny G: That was one of the memorable moments of my career.

    Brendan Francis Newnam: Let’s change to this record.

    Rico Gagliano: Yeah. First of all, it’s called, as we mentioned, “Brazilian Nights.” We want to believe that it was either recorded or conceived at night, in Brazil.

    Kenny G: I’ve been to Brazil a few times, and nothing would please me more than to say yes, but I love bossa nova. I love the rhythm. I loved how the old jazz greats used to do their style of bossa nova, which was cool jazz changes, but still, that sexy rhythm. So, I recorded about five of the original stuff from the 60s, and then I wrote five originals of my own. If you like that vibe, the whole record’s that vibe.

    Brendan Francis Newnam: That’s the thing. We have musicians come through each week, and they often give us dinner party song suggestions, and bossa nova has been coming up again and again recently.

    Kenny G: What’s great about bossa nova is that you can listen to it very, very intently, because it’s complicated, with the certain changes and all that, or you can just let it ride and give you a vibe. But, it’s not so sleepy, so it’s not so muzak-ish. I don’t even like the word ‘smooth jazz’, because what it’s turned into is so diluted these days. I can’t even stand to listen to some of that stuff, because it’s just so generic.

    Rico Gagliano: What do you think has changed?

    Kenny G: Okay, this is going to sound like I’m a big [expletive], but I’m not, actually. Let’s say, there should be 25 artists making that kind of music. There are 200 artists making that music. There are so many, and honestly, they are OK. The music’s OK, and it solves the problem of having some background music to just be OK with.

    Brendan Francis Newnam: Do you think it’s easier to hide in that genre, Kenny?

    Kenny G: Absolutely, a lot easier. Way easier. You just put a little groove in the background, play a few notes on the sax, and the tone doesn’t even have to be that good. If I put that on, I won’t really have to listen to it, and it will just sit there and soothe me. So, when I’m talking about bossa nova, it’s not sitting there, generically being okay. It’s got a lot more depth to it.

    Rico Gagliano: But, unfortunately, Kenny, it seems like a lot of our listeners are in need of soothing. They’ve sent in etiquette questions for you to answer. Are you ready for these?

    Kenny G: I’m the expert, man. I’m the expert on that stuff. I know everything about everything.

     

    Read the whole article at The Dinner Party

  4. Kenny G Helps Ian Drew Deliver This...

    Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

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