Smooth jazz’s Kenny G to play Carson Valley Inn on June 8

Kenny G

Kenny G plays on Friday, June 8, at the Carson Valley Inn.

Carson Valley Inn’s sixth summer concert announcement is smooth.

Kenny G, a smooth jazz superstar will perform in TJ’s Corral on Saturday, June 8. Tickets — $59 and $69 — go on sale Wednesday, April 10.

Kenny G has sold more than 75 million records. His career ballooned in 1992 with the album “Breathless.” It was No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s R&B chart. It was one of the top 100 selling albums of all time and included the No. 1 single “Forever In Love.”

“Kenny, Kenny G that is, is a refined instrumentalist with a lot of wonderful ideas that have connected with millions around the world,” says fellow jazz great and spring touring partner George Benson. “He is a master of the soprano sax.”

Kenneth Bruce Gorelick was born June 5, 1956, in Seattle. At 30 years old in 1986, he released the album “Duotones,”  which first brought him commercial success.

In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.

There are four country shows slated at Carson Valley Inn and a rocker, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, which will perform Thursday, July 4.

The country shows are Easton Corbin on Friday, May 24; Uncle Kracker on Saturday, June 29, Dwight Yoakam on Friday, July 26 and Martina McBride on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Tickets are available at the Carson Valley Inn or online at

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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