A lot of people like to pile on to Kenny G.
Well, okay, I suppose. Because it makes you feel good. I suppose.
But here's Kenny G. raising two grand in cancer charity donations in a matter of minutes to help a woman's charity on behalf of her recently deceased daughter. See this article at the Daily Mail...
Truth is, I've seen Kenny G. for years. Back in the 80's, when he was then known as Kenny Gorelick, he played tenor in the wonderful fusion group, The Jeff Lorber Fusion. They played regularly at Toad's Place in New Haven and were a great funk/fusion band. Kenny was playing tenor back then, and he could blow. The crowd loved the music, and the band was on the cutting edge of some really happening music. In person was perfect.
Fast forward to Kenny G. moving on to soprano, different hair, and the wildly popular Duotones album. And everything since then. To give you a grasp of his album sales, check this out...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 27, 2016) – The Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) has certified several Kenny G albums diamond (10 million units sold), multi-platinum, platinum (1 million units sold) and gold (500,000 units sold). Kenny, one of the most iconic instrumental musicians of the modern era, has also racked up an impressive 75 million total worldwide album sales.
I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly years ago at Radio City Music Hall. A good friend, then an A&R exec for Arista, got tickets for the two of us, including backstage passes. Kenny was a true gentleman, gracious, and humble. It was a pleasure to meet him.
He recently appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival for the release of "Clive Davis, The Soundtrack of Our Lives" premiere and concert. Clive Davis made some of the most important artists of our time. And he made Kenny G. I look forward to seeing the documentary.
He's had a huge impact on "smooth jazz" over the years and his record sales reflect that. He's been a player, notwithstanding any snooty derision by "more established" musicians, and he does the right thing when needed.
Good for him.