Photo by Chapman Baehler / Kenny G

Music fans would be hard-pressed to find an instrumentalist with a more signature sound than Kenny G.

The soprano sax player — who also plays alto and tenor sax — is instantly recognizable when his music croons across the airwaves. Chattanooga fans can hear him live on Friday, Nov. 22, when his tour stops at the Tivoli Theatre.

Kenny Gorelick — aka Kenny G — started playing the saxophone when he was 10 years old. His first professional gig was with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976, when he was 20.

If you go

* What: An Evening with Kenny G

* Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

* When: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22

* Admission: $40, $55, $75 and $95

* For more information: 423-757-5580

Did You Know?

In 2006, Golf Digest named Kenny G the best golfer in music, beating Vince Gill for the No. 1 spot.

He later recorded with Cold, Bold & Together, a Seattle funk group, and freelanced. After graduating from the University of Washington, he worked with Jeff Lorber Fusion, making two albums with the group.

He signed with Arista, recording his debut in 1982. His fourth album, "Duotones" (which included the very popular "Songbird"), made him a star. Soon 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 more than 30 million copies.

His sound has become a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations. Because he does not improvise much, 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 usually classified as jazz.


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