• What: Kenny G and George Benson concert.

• When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

• Where: Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Rd., Murphys.

• tickets: $55 to $250.

• info: ironstoneamphitheatre.net

World renowned jazz superstars George Benson and Kenny G will perform a co-headlining show Saturday at Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys.

The show marks the 11th and final show in Ironstone’s summer concert series. Concerts have featured country singers, classic rockers and others.

At Saturday’s show, Benson and Kenny G will each perform songs from their career-defining albums, “Breezin” and “Breathless,” along with their other greatest hits.

It’s been 41 years since Benson released the groundbreaking Grammy Award-winning album “Breezin’,” selling more than three million albums and topping the jazz, R&B and pop Billboard charts. And it’s been 25 years since Kenny G, one of the most celebrated instrumental musicians of the modern era, debuted the Grammy-winning album “Breathless,” selling more than 12 million copies in the United States alone.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Benson and Kenny G combined have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, earned 11 Grammy Awards and have recorded 15 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. The pair are now performing on their “Breezin’ & Breathless 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 said. “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.”

George Benson

Benson began his career as a guitarist working the corner pubs of his native Pittsburgh. Legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery came across Benson early on, complimenting him and urging him to continue his already impressive work. In the early 1960s, Benson apprenticed with organist Brother Jack McDuff. He found the organist’s gritty swing a fertile ground for the sly, confident and adventurous guitar lines that earned him an early reputation as a master.

By the time legendary talent scout John Hammond signed Benson to Columbia, the guitarist’s name was becoming known throughout the industry. In the late 1960s he sat in on Miles Davis’ “Miles in the Sky” sessions, and also put a personal spin on the tunes from the Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” Joining the CTI label in 1970, Benson was united with many of jazz’s finest instrumentalists and released classic albums, such as “Beyond the Blue Horizon.”

In 1976, legendary producer Tommy LiPuma paired with Benson and the result was “Breezin’,” the first jazz record to attain platinum sales and the first jazz record to win a Grammy for Album of the Year. This was his first in a long association with Warner Brothers Records with such hits as his soulful rendition of Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade,” which featured the guitarist scatting along with his solo break. He followed up with many pop hits, including a sultry version of “On Broadway” and the irresistible “Give Me the Night” (written by the late Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones).

In 2006, Benson and Al Jarreau released “Givin’ It Up” with Benson’s current label, Concord Music Group, where they garnered two more Grammy Awards. Benson continues to tour the world and release recordings, such as “Guitar Man” and “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.”

Kenny G

“Breathless” was the sixth studio album by saxophonist Kenny G, released in 1992 on Arista Records. It reached No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The track “Forever in Love” won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at the 1994 ceremony and reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album is among the top 100 best-selling albums in history.

In January 2015, Kenny G reached another career milestone with the release of his 14th studio album “Brazilian Nights” via Concord Records. The 10-song set, Kenny’s tribute to the masters of bossa nova, is a mixture of classics and originals.

Melodies and music have long been a signature part of Kenny G’s life. Since releasing his self-titled debut disc in the fall of 1982, Kenny G has become one of the biggest selling instrumental musicians of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all-time with global sales totaling more than 75 million records.

Along with “Breathless,” his 1994 Christmas disc “Miracles: The Holiday Album” ranks as one of the most successful Yuletide albums ever — with sales of more than eight million copies.

Seven of his singles have hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He has also been ranked as one of the most-played artists in the adult contemporary format – with nine Top 10 singles.

Kenny G has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music business during his legendary career, ranging from Michael Bolton to Katy Perry and Weezer to Whitney Houston.

He was also mentioned in last year’s Academy Award-winning musical “La La Land” during a conversation about jazz between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s characters.

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