Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kenny G said he is looking forward to Friday’s show at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. In an interview with the Sun Herald, he said his shows in Biloxi are among his favorites.
“It’s a great place to play, and we look forward to it and it’s not a gig we take lightly because we come back a lot,” Kenny G said. “We have a lot of great memories — (Beau Rivage Entertainment Director Anthony Gibson) and the rest of the crew there, we’re all friends now.”
The Seattle-native has sold more than 75 million albums around the world, cementing his place as the best-selling instrumentalist in history. And when he’s not performing or receiving, Kenny G is an avid golfer.
But don’t expect to see him on the back nine of Fallen Oak Golf Course while he’s in Biloxi.
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“I hardly play golf while I’m on the road,” he said. “Golf is a great game and of course I love it, but it’s a little too time consuming and I find that if I play golf before a show, I’m a little bit drained by showtime — my main purpose is to do the best show that I can out there and not have a great day golfing, but if I have a day off, I may play golf but we don’t have any days off on this tour.”
Kenny G’s tour will take him through several spots in the U.S. before he heads overseas to China, where his recording of “Going Home” is one of the most popular songs in China.
“It’s very challenging on the production end when you go to China as well as the language barriers, the philosophies, the ideas, the time — it’s tricky and my crew works double time to make sure we have a production ready for a show, but we’ve been there more than 15 times in my career but we are playing some cities that may have never seen a western performer, and I think that’s really cool.”
Watch Kenny G as “Uncle Kenny” in Katy Perry’s video by searching YouTube.com for “Last Friday Night (TGIF)”
Kenny G’s career started when he was 17 and he got his professional job playing in Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra. Since then, he’s released almost 20 albums, starting with 1982’s “Kenny G.” He’s also performed with the likes of Aaron Neville, Frank Sinatra, George Benson and Patti LaBelle.
Kenny G. has recorded and performed with bands such as Weezer, Foster the People and even Hip-hop artist Warren G.
He appeared on an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the super group “Kenny and Warren G,” where they performed his “Regulate.”
“It was a lot of fun and those guys could really play,” he said.
If you go
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino at 875 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi
8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2
Tickets start at $44.95 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.