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Saxophonist Kenny G: Still Smooth

Jan 15, 2014

His big, curly hair and smooth jazz are iconic. Some play him for laughs, but many enjoy the mellow tones of Kenny G. 

Kenny G performs in Kansas City Jan. 17-19.

Others have been critical: jazz superstar Pat Metheny is known to be critical of Kenny G., saying among other things that G is "not really an advanced player."  Kenny's response?  Metheny was "obviously on drugs." 

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with the saxophonist about his start with music legend Barry White and discuss his continued popularity. We also discuss his willingness to poke fun at himself.


  • Kenny G, saxophonist

HEAR MORE: Kenny G performs Jan. 17-19 at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Jan. 17 and 18 performances are sold out, but tickets remain for Jan. 19. Tickets start at $39. Call (816) 471-0400 or or visit for more information.