ENID, Okla. — Grammy & American Music Award Winner Kenny G will perform live at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at Stride Bank Center in Enid.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, and can be purchased at StrideBankCenter.com, (855) 849-3643 (855.TIX.ENID) or at Stride Bank Center Box Office.
Routinely making the pop, R&B and jazz charts during the 1980s and 1990s, Kenny G‘s sound became a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations.
Because he does not improvise much — sticking mostly to predictable melody statements — his music largely falls outside of jazz. However, because he is listed at the top of “contemporary jazz” charts and is identified with jazz in the minds of the mass public, he is classified as jazz.
Kenny Gorelick started playing professionally with Barry White‘s Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976. He recorded with Cold, Bold & Together (a Seattle-based funk group) and freelanced locally. After graduating from the University of Washington, Kenny G worked with Jeff Lorber Fusion, making two albums with the group.
Soon, he was signed to Arista, recording his debut as a leader in 1982. His fourth album, “Duotones” (which included the popular “Songbird”), made him into a star. Then he was in demand for guest appearances on recordings of such famous singers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole.
Kenny G’s own records have sold well, particularly “Breathless,” which has topped 8 million copies in the U.S.; his total album sales top 30 million copies. The holiday album “Miracles,” released in 1994, and 1996’s “Moment” continued the momentum of his commercial success.