George Benson & Kenny G Team Up

George Benson and Kenny G are co-headlining a special U.S. tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Benson’s Breezin’ album and 25th anniversary of Kenny’s Breathless LP.

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– George Benson
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles, Ill.

“The Breezin’ and Breathless Tour” will feature songs from both of the jazz superstars’ career-defining albums along with greatest hits from their respective catalogs.
The groundbreaking Breezin’ album has sold more than 3 million albums and topped the Jazz, R&B and pop charts. The LP won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, as well as the trophy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classic. Benson also took home a Grammy for Record of the Year for his cover of Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade.”

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– Kenny G
Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

Breathless has been certified Diamond for sales of more than 12 million copies in the U.S. Kenny G’s sixth studio album hit No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz album chart and No. 2 on the Nielsen Soundscan album chart. The track “Forever in Love” was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.

“Kenny, Kenny G that is, is a refined instrumentalist with a lot of wonderful ideas that have connected with millions around the world,” Benson said. “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.”
“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 adds. “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.”
The tour’s routing is scattered from May through October, with some months just featuring a show or two. The outing begins May 13 in Durant, Okla.
May 13 – Durant, Okla., Choctaw Grand Theater
May 24 – Kansas City, Mo., Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts
May 26 – Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
May 27 – Mount Pleasant, Mich., Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
June 1 – Kettering, Ohio, Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
June 3 – Salamanca, N.Y., Event Center At Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
Aug. 25 – Cohasset, Mass., South Shore Music Circus
Sept. 7 – Saratoga, Calif., The Mountain Winery
Sept. 9 – Murphys, Calif., Ironstone Amphitheatre
Sept. 10 – San Diego, Calif., Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
Sept. 15 – Mesa, Ariz., Mesa Arts Center
Sept. 17 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre
Oct. 21 – Welch, Minn., Treasure Island Resort & Casino
An American Express card member presale starts March 21 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 24 at 10 a.m. local time.
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