Listening to Kenny G

TV-MA | documentaries | 1 HR 36 MIN | 2021

​Directed by Penny Lane (Hail Satan?), Listening to Kenny G takes a humorous but incisive look at the best-selling instrumentalist of all time – and quite possibly one of the most famous living musicians. The fourth installment in the Music Box series, the film investigates the artist born Kenny Gorelick – who took the pop charts by storm with his 1986 breakthrough single, "Songbird" – exploring his talent for playing jazz so smoothly that a whole new genre, "Smooth Jazz," formed around him, and questioning fundamental assumptions about art and excellence. In his own words, Kenny G speaks candidly about his musical background, his stringent work ethic, and his controversial standing in the jazz canon – along with insights from fans and critics alike.

Listening to Kenny G with Director Penny Lane

Penny Lane shares what surprised her the most about Kenny G and discusses how the different reactions to his music raise interesting questions about the idea of taste.