Detroit, (December 7, 2012) – Celebrate the season in smooth style with Kenny G favorites for the holidays, and other chart toppers. Your soprano sax favorites will fill Orchestra Hall with holiday sounds on Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. This DSO Presents performance is sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit and St. John Providence Health System. The DSO does not appear on this program.

About Kenny G

In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide. His latest recording, “Heart and Soul,” was released on June 29, 2010 on Concord Records.

Following up on the success of Rhythm and Romance, his first Latin jazz album and his Concord debut in 2008, “Heart and Soul” captures the spirit and vibe of the classic R&B that Kenny grew up listening to in his native Seattle.

Kenny’s longtime songwriting partner and producer, Walter Afanasieff, once again serves as a creative foil in the making of this record. In addition, guest vocalists Robin Thicke and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds each take a turn at the mic.

In many respects, where it took him was back to the beginning – the R&B of the early and mid 1970s that Kenny soaked up during his teen years at an inner-city Seattle high school where he mixed with a culturally diverse student body at a young age. Inspired by the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Grover Washington, Jr., he was only 17 when he landed a gig with Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra at the Paramount Northwest Theater (now the Paramount Theater) in 1973.

After high school, the gigs with R&B and contemporary jazz artists like White and Jeff Lorber kept coming. In 1982, he landed a record deal with Arista and launched a solo career with three critically acclaimed jazz albums – Kenny G (1982), G-Force (1983) and Gravity (1985). By the ‘90s, he was a multi-platinum seller and a frequent collaborator with some of the most iconic figures in American popular music, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra.

His subsequent studio albums, “Silhouette” (1988) and “Breathless” (1992), were hugely successful, the latter selling more than 12 million records in the U.S. alone and spawning the Grammy-winning single, “Forever in Love.”

Other career highlights include “Miracles,” a 1994 holiday album that took him to the top of the Billboard chart for the first time and has since become the best-selling holiday album of all time. His two holiday albums since then, “Faith” in 1999 and “Wishes” in 2002, have been similarly successful.

He joined Concord in 2008 with the release of “Rhythm and Romance,” an album that united him with an all-star lineup of Latin musicians, including guitarist Ramon Stagnaro; percussionists Michito Sanchez, Paulino Da Costa and Ron Powell; and legendary Weather Report drummer Alex Acuña.

On this second outing with Concord, Kenny is enjoying an unprecedented sense of creative freedom that has enabled him to make one of the best records of his career – one that’s true to his roots and true to his creative vision.


Tickets to Kenny G at Orchestra Hall range from $45-$75 and $85 for box seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


Kenny G

Kenny G, soprano saxophone

Robert Damper, keyboard

Vail Johnson, bass

John Raymond, guitar

Daniel Bejarano, drums

Ron Powell, percussion

Selections will be announced from the stage.


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