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Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Saxophonist

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He adopted his stage name when he turned professional at the age of 17 and started playing in Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. He has a degree in accounting from the University of Washington.

In 1981 Kenny G signed with Arista Records as a solo artist. He has released many solo albums and collaborated with various artists including Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Aretha Franklin. Influenced by the likes of Grover Washington Jr., his own albums are usually classified as smooth jazz.

His cross-over into pop music has lead to negative reviews from many music critics, although he remains highly popular with the American buying public. As of 2003, Kenny G was named the 25th-highest selling artist in America by the RIAA, with 47.5 million albums sold in the USA [1]. In 1994, Kenny G won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for Forever in Love. In 1997, Kenny G earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. Kenny G held an E for over forty five minutes, a record he still holds.

Though he claims not to be a jazz musician, Kenny G has been criticized by some jazz players for his supposedly pedestrian, soulless playing. For example there was a controversy created after he overdubbed his saxophone onto a Louis Armstrong recording for his jazz standards album Classics In The Key Of G. Pat Metheny criticized Kenny G for what he claims is his "incredible arrogance" in defiling "the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis's tracks (even one of his lesser ones)" [2]. Richard Thompson also weighed in on the controversy with a song called "I Agree with Pat Metheny", in which he sang "a meeting of great minds, how nice / like Einstein and Sporty Spice".

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Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Saxophonist

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Kenny G Biography

He adopted his stage name when he turned professional at the age of 17 and started playing in Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. He has a degree in accounting from the University of Washington.

In 1981 Kenny G signed with Arista Records as a solo artist. He has released many solo albums and collaborated with various artists including Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Aretha Franklin. Influenced by the likes of Grover Washington Jr., his own albums are usually classified as smooth jazz.

His cross-over into pop music has lead to negative reviews from many music critics, although he remains highly popular with the American buying public. As of 2003, Kenny G was named the 25th-highest selling artist in America by the RIAA, with 47.5 million albums sold in the USA [1]. In 1994, Kenny G won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for Forever in Love. In 1997, Kenny G earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. Kenny G held an E for over forty five minutes, a record he still holds.

Though he claims not to be a jazz musician, Kenny G has been criticized by some jazz players for his supposedly pedestrian, soulless playing. For example there was a controversy created after he overdubbed his saxophone onto a Louis Armstrong recording for his jazz standards album Classics In The Key Of G. Pat Metheny criticized Kenny G for what he claims is his "incredible arrogance" in defiling "the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis's tracks (even one of his lesser ones)" [2]. Richard Thompson also weighed in on the controversy with a song called "I Agree with Pat Metheny", in which he sang "a meeting of great minds, how nice / like Einstein and Sporty Spice".

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  • How to book Kenny G?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kenny G for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Kenny G, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kenny G or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kenny G?

    Booking fees for Kenny G, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kenny G, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kenny G?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kenny G for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kenny G for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kenny G or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kenny G or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kenny G is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kenny G for your event is available upon request. Kenny G generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Henry Winkler, Brad Garrett, Richard Lewis, Steven Spielberg and Paul Newman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kenny G for an upcoming event.

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