Kenny G explains his serenade at Sweet Sax for Kim and Kanye

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Kenny G certainly had a better Valentine's Day than you did this year, at least if you're planning a romantic date with a show at Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, California. "I'm very busy with Valentine's Day," says the 62-year-old saxophone when Rolling Stone joins him later in the evening. "Busier than I thought." He was about to record an appearance in James Corden 's show when he called. After that, Kenny G's Valentine's Day was opened: "I'm going to dinner later and have my sax with me, so you never know," he adds. "I could serenade everyone at the restaurant, whether they like it or not."Can you explain exactly how you came to play at Kim and Kanye's?
Well, very late last night, I received some emails, one from a reporter who knows Kanye's director. He told me that Kanye had asked me to come home and do the Kim serenade in the morning. "It will be a room surrounded by roses, and you will stand in the middle of the roses and play." I thought, "It looks really beautiful." Then I received a text from [pop songwriter] David Foster, who told me that he had heard about the application and told me that I should absolutely do it. I did not receive the message until 11 o'clock in the evening. It happened by chance, because I'm in town and I do not live very far from home. So it worked very well.Have the vases with roses been installed on your arrival?
Not enough. It was raining in Los Angeles, so I went early to be sure I was not late. They put it all together. I did not see the room completed until 20 seconds before I started playing.How many people were working on it? Was it a big team?
I do not even have enough hands to count all the people I met. Once home, I warmed up in a room, then Kanye entered. He could not have been nicer. He was so warm and accommodating. Just chat about the music. It was super cool.What did you talk to Kanye about music?
Well, when he came in, I was playing my sax, so I figured I would play with him. So I started playing really sweet blues riffs and soul riffs and some jazz riffs, and I could see that he thought it was really good. I said something like, "That kind of sound would be really great with some of your music." And he said, "Yeah, maybe we could go to the studio and check." So j & # I thought it was cool.He was not wearing a MAGA hat, is not it?
He was not wearing a MAGA hat.Are you a fan of Kanye's music?
I'm a fan of everyone's music, part of what they do. I am not a do not-Fan of nobody. Anyone who does stuff, I appreciate the hardness of their work and the fact that they put their heart and soul into their music. Then we went to his studio and I was lucky to hear some of his music and I talked about it again. Maybe it's possible that some sax is recorded on a Kanye West record.What was Kim's reaction to your performance?
I started playing before seeing her. She was coming to the corner and Kanye nodded. And then I started playing, and when she came, she simply said, "Oh my god," and then she looked at me and smiled at me and stopped herself. a little. She did not know what to do with herself for a minute. Then she took out her phone, which was great.Have you met them before?
It was the first time I met him. I had already met Kim. We have already taken the plane together. I think it was from Miami to LA, and we were sitting next to each other. I remember a 13-year-old girl in the back of the plane who wanted to go up and talk to Kim, and I think she's going to say, "Look, I'm in my private area, blah blah blah, "But Kim says," No, send her. "I was really impressed by Kim's kindness and encouragement towards this girl that I'm sure of being so starstruck.Do you work on your own music right now?
I am currently working on a new CD. I need a lot of time to record. It's just right. I think there is enough material in the world, so you have to make a record for a reason. This one is called New Standards. It sounds like the old jazz standards of the '50s and' 60s, but these are new songs that I compose, so they have my melodic sense, and I play them the way I like them, and I try to play them. honor the old jazz greats and make sure it always sounds like me.

Who is your favorite big jazz?
It's so difficult to answer. I mean, it looks like you're young enough, so I do not think you know too much about jazz. And I do not say that with disrespect, but I could name six or seven names that you would not know: Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins … there are so many. Then you have Miles Davis, who played a beautiful trumpet.Do you like Chet Baker?
How do you know this name?I am a big fan of jazz.
I'm sorry if I insulted you. Good for you. Chet Baker is one of my favorites.Is it on Twitter that you tweet?
It's me who probably tweets at 30%.These word games are incredible.
There is a good team. We really agree on humor. They surprise me sometimes with super-funny. The weird Al Yankovicit was my tweet. I did it myself. I saw him at the Grammy party, Clive's party. I have never met him either. I said "Bizarre Al, it's been long overdue."