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Nine Questions


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Perhaps the world's most popular saxophonist, Kenny G (né Gorelick) has sold more than 75 million albums. Born in Seattle 52 years ago, he backed up Barry White and Jeff Lorber before going solo in 1982. Touring behind his 16th release, the Latin-flavored Rhythm and Romance, Mr. G and band will play at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Desert Diamond Casino. Advance tickets cost $35-$55 and are $5 more the day of the show. Call 294-7777 for information.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

I was in high school, and it was Tower of Power at what is now known as the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, but back then, it was the Paramount Northwest. I loved Tower of Power because of their great horn section.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

None. The CDs I listen to are things that I'm working on. I don't listen to old CDs. That's not part of my thing.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Between 400 and 500.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

I have to do it legally, because that's how I hope people will download my music. But I love downloading music; it's a great convenience.

What was the first album you owned?

It was probably a Tower of Power record. I think it was the one with "What Is Hip?" on it. (Tower of Power, 1973).

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Probably one I wrote, "Songbird." That song changed my life.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about?

What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

I like listening to classical music. That's pretty predictable, though.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Grover Washington Jr. When I heard his albums in high school, the sound of his saxophone really intrigued me. I wanted to know how he got such a beautiful sound. That was a big inspiration to me.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Cannonball's Bossa Nova by Cannonball Adderley.


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