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GEORGE BENSON & KENNY G ANNOUNCE BREEZIN’ & BREATHLESS CO-HEADLINING TOUR

GEORGE BENSON & KENNY G ANNOUNCE
BREEZIN’ & BREATHLESS
CO-HEADLINING TOUR

Two Iconic Artists * Two Definitive Albums * 1 Historic Night
Tickets On Sale to the Public Beginning March 24

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 20, 2017)
– World renowned Jazz superstars, George Benson and Kenny G, are
teaming up for a historic co-headline touring event where each will
perform songs from their career defining album plus greatest hits. It’s
been 40 years since Jazz visionary George Benson released the
groundbreaking Grammy Award winning album Breezin’, selling
over 3 million albums and topping the Jazz, R&B and Pop Billboard
charts. It’s been 25 years since Kenny G, the most celebrated
instrumental musician of the modern era with his signature Jazz sound,
debuted the Grammy Award winning album Breathless, selling over 12 million copies in the United States alone.

“Kenny,
Kenny G that is, is a refined instrumentalist with a lot of wonderful
ideas that have connected with millions around the world,” mentions
Benson. “He is a master of the soprano sax. I always enjoy when we get
an opportunity to work together and I look forward to a very successful
tour.”

George
Benson and Kenny G combined have sold over 125 million albums
worldwide, earned 11 Grammy Awards, and have recorded a staggering 15 #1
albums and 10 #1 singles. The pair will embark on one of the most
highly anticipated tours of the year,
The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour.

“To
say I’m honored to share the stage with one of the greatest musicians
in the world would be a huge understatement,” Kenny G mentions. “George
Benson has always been a jazz hero to me with a virtuosity that is
second to none. In the past I was very fortunate to have had the chance
to perform with him, but doing an extended co-headline tour together is
truly an honor and a privilege. I can’t wait to experience the magic
that I know will be there each night.”

George Benson had some inroads as a funk-jazz guitarist on the popular ’70’s label CTI, but it was Breezin’,
his 1976 Warner Brothers debut, that lifted him to pop stardom. A
Stevie Wonder-ish vocal rendition of Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade”
was irresistible ear candy for Top 40 listeners; fans who primarily
listened to rock or soul fell by the millions for the rest of the album,
too. Over the light grooves of the title track (penned by R&B great
Bobby Womack) and “Six to Four,” Benson shows he’d hardly abandoned the
fleet fingering of his previous work as a bandleader and Miles Davis
sideman. Breezin’ was ultimately certified triple-platinum, hitting No. 1
on the Billboard album chart in 1976.

Breathless was
the sixth studio album by saxophonist Kenny G, released in 1992 on
Arista Records. It reached No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart
and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The
track “Forever in Love” won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental
Composition at the 1994 ceremony and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot
100. The album has been certified Diamond for sales of over 12 million
copies in the US, making it one of the top 100th best-selling albums in
history.

The Kenny G Breathless VIP Experience AVAILABLE NOW at www.kennygVIP.com.
Kenny G has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences
on tour. Packages include premium reserved seating in the first 5 rows,
plus a meet & greet and custom ‘Forever in Love’ sheet music and
folder signed by Kenny G, and more! For full package details visit www.kennygVIP.com.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets to select dates
before the general public beginning Tuesday March 21 at 10am local
through Thursday March 23 at 10pm local.
 

Tickets On Sale to the Public Beginning March 24 at 10am local.

Artist
Presale Tickets Available NOW at select dates. Click “GET TICKETS”
below and if prompted please use password BREATHLESS for Artist Presale
Ticket access.

The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour
May 13 – Choctaw Grand Theater – Durant, Okla. *Already on Sale Now* – GET TICKETS
May 24 – Kauffman Center – Kansas City, Mo. – GET TICKETS
May 26 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, Ill. – GET TICKETS
May 27 – Soaring Eagle Casino – Mt. Pleasant, Mich. – GET TICKETS
June 01 – Fraze Pavilion – Kettering, Ohio – GET TICKETS
June 03 – Seneca Casino – Niagara Falls, N.Y. – GET TICKETS
Aug. 25 – South Shore Music Circle – Cohasset, Mass. – GET TICKETS
Sept. 07 – The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, Calif. – ON SALE SOON
Sept. 09 – Ironstone Amphitheater – Murphys, Calif. – GET TICKETS
Sept. 10 – Humphrey’s By the Bay – San Diego, Calif. – GET TICKETS
Sept. 15 – Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, Ariz. – GET TICKETS
Sept. 17 – The Greek Theater – Los Angeles, Calif. – GET TICKETS
Oct. 21 -Treasure Island Casino – Welch, Minn – GET TICKETS
 

For more information on Kenny G, VISIT:
www.kennyg.com
Facebook: @KennyG
Instagram: @KennyG
Twitter: @KennyG

For more information on George Benson, VISIT:
www.georgebenson.com
Facebook: @GeorgeBenson
Twitter: @GBguitar


About Kenny G
In
January 2015, Kenny G reached another career milestone with the release
of his fourteenth studio album Brazilian Nights via Concord Records.
The ten-song set, Kenny’s tribute to the ‘masters’ of Bossa Nova, is a
mixture of classics and Kenny G originals. Melodies and music have long
been a signature part of Kenny G’s life. Since releasing his self-titled
debut disc in the fall of 1982, Kenny G has become the biggest selling
instrumental musicians of the modern era and one of the best-selling
artists of all-time with global sales totaling more than 75 million
records. His biggest album was 1992’s Breathless – which sold a
staggering twelve million copies in the United States alone. In
addition, his 1994 Christmas disc Miracles: The Holiday Album ranks as
one of the most successful Yuletide albums ever – with sales over eight
million copies. Seven of his singles have hit the Top-40 on the
Billboard Hot 100. He has also been ranked as one of the most-played
artists in the Adult Contemporary format – with nine top ten singles.
Kenny G has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business
during his legendary career, ranging from Michael Bolton to Katy Perry
to Weezer to Whitney Houston.

About George Benson
NEA
Jazz Master and 10 time Grammy winner, George Benson, is appreciated as
both a musician and performer. Benson plays the dual role of expert
improviser and vibrant entertainer. Rounding out his singular approach
with a strong sense of swing, he is considered one of the greatest
guitarists of all time.

Benson
began his career as a guitarist working the corner pubs of his native
Pittsburgh. Legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery came across Benson
early on, complimenting him and urging him to continue his already
impressive work. In the early 1960s, Benson apprenticed with organist
Brother Jack McDuff; he found the organist’s gritty swing a fertile
ground for the sly, confident, and adventurous guitar lines that earned
him an early reputation as a master.

By
the time legendary talent scout John Hammond signed Benson to Columbia,
the guitarist’s name was becoming known throughout the industry. In the
late 1960s he sat in on Miles Davis’ Miles in the Sky sessions, and
also put a personal spin on the tunes from the Beatles’ Abbey Road.
Joining the CTI label in 1970, Benson was united with many of jazz’s
finest instrumentalists and released classic albums, such as Beyond the
Blue Horizon.

In
1976 legendary producer Tommy LiPuma paired with Benson and the result
was Breezin’, the first jazz record to attain platinum sales and the
first Jazz record to win a Grammy for Album of the Year. This was his
first in a long association with Warner Brothers Records with such hits
as his soulful rendition of Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade,” which
featured the guitarist scatting along with his solo break. He followed
up with many pop hits, including a sultry version of “On Broadway” and
the irresistible “Give Me the Night” (written by the late, great Rod
Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones).

In
2006, Benson and Al Jarreau released Givin’ It Up with Benson’s current
label, Concord Music Group where they garnered 2 more Grammy awards.
Mr. Benson continues to tour the world to sold out audiences and release
recordings, such as, Guitar Man, and An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat
King Cole.

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