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Saxophonist Kenny G Returns to The Honda Classic for Free Concert and to play in Wednesday Pro Am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Kenny G, who remains one of the world’s most renowned saxophonists 34 years into his storied career, will return to the 2016 Honda Classic Thursday February 25 to perform a FREE Community Concert courtesy of American Honda.

Kenny G's concert will headline after-play entertainment on Military Appreciation Day at the Michelob Ultra terrace adjacent to the ninth green at PGA National Resort & Spa. Local artists Taylor Norris and Mike Sanchez will be the opening acts after the final putt of Thursday's first round of The Honda drops at 6 p.m.

Kenny G-06-167 copyKenny G, the top-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, is presently celebrating his latest album, Brazlian Nights, a salute to bossa nova classics which also includes five newly written original tracks. He also will perform several of his classic hits at the free concert, which will come a day after Kenny G also plays in the Honda Classic Cares Wednesday Pro-Am presented by Tire Kingdom.

"Kenny G has been a fan favorite at The Honda Classic for many years and we are thrilled that we can bring him back again this year thanks to the generosity of American Honda," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “Palm Beach County is a diverse community and we continue to look for ways to blend the area's culture with the sensational golf our fans see from the best players in the world. There is no better way to accomplish that than with the diverse rhythms of an international star like Kenny G."

The Honda Classic appearance will be the continuation of a storied career born when a young Kenny Gorelick of Seattle, Washington discovered the saxophone one evening while watching the Ed Sullivan show and was inspired to take up the instrument.

He has collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton and Frank Sinatra. His album Breathless was the biggest selling instrumental record in U.S. history with more than 12 million records sold in the U.S. alone. His 1994 holiday album Miracles is the best selling holiday album of all-time.

Kenny G has also made efforts to take on different kinds of musical forms. He has recorded albums that have displayed his appreciation for jazz standards (Classics in the Key of G, 1999), tropical sounds (Paradise, 2002), Latin beats (Rhythm and Romance, 2008), R&B (Heart and Soul, with contributions from Robin Thicke and Babyface), and in 2015 he returned to Latin inspirations for Brazilian Nights.

Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages are on sale HERE or by calling 1-844-846-6328. Individual Daily Grounds passes can be purchased in advance online or by phone or at the gate for an additional charge under the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, February 23 (Practice Round)
  • $20 advance / $30 at gate

  • Wednesday, February 24 (Pro-Am)
  • $30 advance / $40 at gate

  • Thursday, February 25 - Sunday February 28 (Rounds 1-4)
  • $50 advance / $65 at gate

  • Daily Bear Trap tickets are $125 and several other hospitality packages are also available.

    Military Appreciation Day is part of an effort between the tournament and United Technologies to honor the men and women who have and are currently serving our nation. Complimentary tickets to the tournament are offered for Active Duty, Reservists, Retirees, their registered Dependents and Non-Retired Veterans Thursday through Sunday of tournament week. As an added benefit, each honoree has the ability to purchase up to two (2) discounted guest tickets per day (at $20 per person, valued at $250). Tickets also provide access to the Patriots Outpost hospitality pavilion overlooking the signature par-3, 17th hole where complimentary lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Registration for the Patriot's Outpost is recommended in advance at thehondaclassic.com. Verification is required.

    Admission into The Honda Classic is also FREE for kids 15 and under with a ticketed adult.

    There will be additional After-Play concerts on Friday night with The Tailgaters and Saturday night with the Gosling's Gold Seal After Party with DJ Supreme. Tire Kingdom Fireworks Spectaculars will light up the skies above The Honda Classic on Friday and Saturday night.

    The Honda Classic awarded $2.555 million in charitable contributions after the 2015 event, about $27,000 more than the previous record of $2.528 million established in 2014. That makes it the ninth straight year that the tournament has elevated the impact it makes on South Florida children's charities through Honda Classic Cares philanthropic initiatives. And this time it was accomplished despite the major expense of cleaning the golf course after Saturday's storms and opening for an extra day on Monday when admission was free.

    • Title Sponsor

      Honda

    • Founders Club Partners

      Tire KingdomUTC

    • PGA National Resort and Spa

    • PGA TOUR FedEx Cup

    • City of Palm Beach Gardens