Kenny G returns to the Vail Valley
VAIL- Renowned saxophonist Kenny G returns to the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado’s Vail Valley Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the show. Kenny G performed to a sold-out crowd at the Vilar in 2008. Over the past two decades, Kenny G has established himself as one of the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, with global sales totaling more than 75 million albums. His latest release, the Latin-inspired “Rhythm & Romance,” helped the musician venture into uncharted creative territory. “Everyone loves the rhythm of Latin music,” Kenny says. “It makes you feel good; it makes you want to dance. At the same time, it is very intimate and personal.”A young Kenny Gorelick of Seattle, Wash., was first inspired to pick up the saxophone after watching the Ed Sullivan show. Since, Kenny G has made an indelible mark on the landscape of American music. After years of playing professionally with groups like Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra and Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kenny signed with Arista Records in 1982 and put out three critically-acclaimed jazz albums – “Kenny G,” “G-Force” and “Gravity.”Kenny G’s big moment came in 1988 on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. One of the producers insisted that for such a big appearance, the artist should perform a track accompanied by a vocalist. Kenny felt it was important in that moment to establish himself with an instrumental. The debate continued up until minutes before show time when Kenny launched into “Songbird,” the landmark recording from his fourth album, “Duotones.” That night he played his heart out.From there Kenny went on to become a multi-platinum musician, soon collaborating with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra. His next studio albums, “Silhouette” and “Breathless” were enormously successful, the latter becoming the biggest-selling instrumental record in U.S. history, with more than 12 million records sold in the U.S. alone. The album featured the Grammy Award-winning single “Forever in Love.” Kenny soon attracted an impressive array of collaborators. In 1996, Kenny teamed with renowned artist/producer Babyface for The Moment, which featured two vocal collaborations including “Everytime I Close My Eyes” and “That Somebody Was You” with Toni Braxton.In 1994, Kenny broke another record with his holiday compilation “Miracles,” which, in addition to being Kenny’ first album to hit number No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, became the best selling holiday album of all-time. Thirteen years later, it still stands as the best-selling holiday album.Other notable works include 1999’s album of Jazz standards entitled “Classics in the Key of G,” (which featured “What a Wonderful World,” the virtual duet with Louis Armstrong and “The Girl From Ipanema” duet with Bebel Gilberto) and 2006’s “I’m in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time,” the saxophonist’s unique take on some of the greatest love songs ever written including standards such as Dorothy Fields’ “The Way You Look Tonight,” right up through modern hits such as Alicia Keys’ “I Ain’t Got You,” and James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful.”When pressed about his theory as to why he has been so successful, Kenny says, “I think my music gives people the opportunity to listen to their own thoughts. Tap into their imaginations. Create their own stories to songs without the limitation of words … plus it’s a really beautiful instrument.”Tickets for Kenny G are $100/125/150 based on seating and are available online at http://www.vilarpac.org, by calling 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the box office in Beaver Creek.