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Kenneth Bruce Gorelick is a smooth jazz saxophonist from the United States. His album Duotones, released in 1986, was a commercial success. Kenny G is one of the best-selling artists, with over 75 million albums sold worldwide.
Kenneth Bruce Gorelick was born in Seattle, Washington. His mother was from Saskatchewan, Canada. When he heard a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, he became interested in the saxophone and began playing a Buffet Crampon alto when he was ten years old in 1966.
Kenny G went to Whitworth Elementary School in Seattle, Sharples Junior High School (now Kurose Middle School), Franklin High School, and the University of Washington. He failed his first audition for the jazz band in high school, but he auditioned again the following year and was given the first chair. His band includes his Franklin High School classmate Robert Damper (piano, keyboards). He received private saxophone and clarinet lessons from Johnny Jessen once a week for a year while he was in high school, in addition to his schoolwork.
He was also a member of the golf team at his high school, and he has been a fan of the sport since he was ten years old, when his older brother, Brian Gorelick, introduced him to it.
As a jazz musician, Kenny G has sold over 75 million records. At the age of 17, Kenny G began performing as a supporting musician for Barry White. While attending college and studying accounting, he continued to play and develop his professional career. He played for a funk band called Cold, Bold 7 & Together. In 1982, he signed as a solo artist with Artista Records after the president heard his rendition of ABBA's "Dancing Queen". He has released numerous solo albums and collaborated with renowned artists such as Bebel Gilberto, the Rippingtons, Natalie Cole, The Fresh Prince, Toni Braxton, Aaron Neville, Peabo Bryson, and Andrea Bocelli.
His first album was named after him, but the fourth one, Duotones, was the one that brought him the most success. The album did so well that it opened the doors to international stardom for him. For a long time, Kenny G's smooth sounds dominated many airwaves and the record charts. Although he had some critics who dismissed his music as lightweight and not true jazz, he still managed to set a Guinness World Record for the longest note ever recorded.
In 1989, he reached a peak in popularity with his song "Going Home in China". This was played worldwide in train stations, shopping malls, health clubs, outdoor markets, and food courts. Many businesses started to pipe his music through their loudspeakers after closing during the night. Many fans associate his name with the feeling of needing to finish whatever they may be doing and go home.
Kenny G has a net worth of fifty million dollars that he has earned throughout his music career.
In 1980, Kenny G married Janice DeLeon, and the couple divorced in 1987. In 1992, he married Lyndie Benson, with whom he had two sons, Max and Brian. Max is a graduate of Columbia University, while Brian is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Benson-Gorelick filed for legal separation in January 2012, and in August of that year, Kenny G filed for divorce. In 1996, Kenny G built a mansion in Hunts Point, Washington, which he sold to Craig McCaw in 1999.
Kenny G is currently based in Malibu, California. He is an enthusiastic golfer with a handicap of +0.6. As of 2007, he had competed in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament seven times, and he shared the AT&T Pro-Am title with Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Jerry Chang in 2001. He was ranked first in the Golf Digest Top 100 in Music rankings in 2006 and second in 2008, based on the golf handicap indices of famous musicians. He is a member of the Thousand Oaks, California-based Sherwood Country Club.
Kenny G is a pilot who owns a De Havilland Beaver seaplane and often flies it. He was also a founding member of the Starbucks coffee shop business. Kenny G is a devout follower of the Jewish faith.
Kenny G is an avid golfer in his spare time, and he participated in a 2001 golf event with golf legend Tiger Woods. He also knows how to fly aircraft and regularly flies the De Havilland Beaver seaplane. He also invests in Starbucks coffee house, which has been a profitable stock for him.
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