Smooth jazz is the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Lend your ear to upscale scales with this GrouponLive deal to see Kenny G at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. For $29, you get one ticket for reserved seating in the mid balcony on Wednesday, December 12, at 8 p.m. (up to a $58 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Grammy-winning smooth-jazz legend Kenny G shares his gift of instrumental adroitness in a special holiday concert of festive woodwind work. Since snake-charming audiences with his 1986 breakthrough hit, “Songbird,” Kenny G has sold more than 75 million albums across three decades and become a household name among fans of mellow intonations. A patriarch of all families of saxophone and a master of the art of circular breathing, Kenny delivers a charming performance characterized by his signature flocculent locks, chamomile charm, and unchallenged talent. For this special Yuletide performance, Kenny huffs, puffs, and blows away the letters in his last name with serene reinventions of holiday standards such as "Winter Wonderland," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "Silent Night."
State Theatre New Jersey
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.