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Kenny G Gets His Close-Up in HBO Documentary

Listening to Kenny G on HBO
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Listening to Kenny G, a film about the notorious saxophonist, premieres on HBO December 2. Penny Lane directs and Bill Simmons executive produces. 

The film “takes a humorous but incisive look at the saxophonist Kenny G, the best-selling instrumental artist of all time, and quite possibly one of the most famous living musicians,” said HBO. “Listening to Kenny G investigates the artist formerly known as Kenneth Gorelick, unravelling the allure of the man who played jazz so smoothly that a whole new genre formed around him, and questioning fundamental assumptions about art and excellence in the process. In his own words, Kenny G speaks candidly about his musical background, his stringent work ethic, and his controversial standing in the jazz canon.”

The film is part of Simmons’ Music Box series. Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, Alanis Morissette documentary Jagged and DMX: Don’t Try to Understand already aired. 

On December 9 is Mr. Saturday Night, about Robert Stigwood, impresario behind Saturday Night Fever, and Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss, about the rapper, is on December 16.

HBO promises a look at a complicated man in Listening to Kenny G. “Dismissed by the media and mocked by the jazz establishment, Kenny G nevertheless embraces his detractors. Aware of how he is often perceived, he nevertheless strives to perfect his craft and to continually move forward in a changing musical landscape.”  ■