8 X Grammy Nominee & #2 Smooth Jazz Artist of The Year, Gerald Albright's G-Stream Album is Fire!

Updated: Feb 15

Photos by: Brandon Albright & Additional Photos are courtesy of Gerald Albright

Selling well over one million albums, the legendary R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz saxophonist, Gerald Albright is a force to be reckoned with! His extraordinary career accomplishments include over 19 albums, eight Grammy nominations, and most recently, he was titled the # 2 Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist of the year on the 2021 year-end chart! What an accomplishment! So deserved! Appearing on over 200 recordings, Gerald's massive meteor sized rooster includes playing with a plethora of well accomplished music industry giants such as, playing on albums by, Olivia Newton-John, Maurice White, Atlantic Starr, Lola Folana, Ray Parker, Anita Baker, The Temptations, and a boat load of others.

Gerald’s touring credit are equally impressive as he has performed with, Whitney Houston, Jeff Lorber, Les McCann, Teena Marie, Quincy Jones, Marlena Shaw, the Winans and the list goes on. Additionally, he has appeared on numerous TV shows such as the American prime time television soap opera, Melrose Place, on NBC 1987 sitcom, Different World, and others. Not only is he remarkably talented, but he is also a super awesome husband and father who has a love for God! I had the honor of interviewing this amazing man. Here’s what he shared with me.

Hi Gerald, how are you today?

Fine, how are you today?

I'm having an amazing day! Thank you! Glad to hear that your day is going well.

Yes, my day has been very productive. I'm getting through it. Everything's been positive so far. I'm happy about that.

That's amazing news! Where are you located?

I'm South of Denver.

Sounds cold.

Believe it or not, it's 72 degrees so, I'm in shorts and tennis shoes and savoring the moment.

I know that's right.

It's going to be colder later this week.

Well, you better enjoy it right now. In Palm Springs where I live, it's always sunny.

I'm jealous.

I'm sorry. I won't rub it in.

We've been here for 17 years, so we like something about it.

Awesome. Well, Gerald, it is an honor to speak with such an amazing musician as yourself.

It's my pleasure to speak with you today Gina.

Well Gerald, let’s get into it. Eight Grammy nominations, over 30 years of playing, 20 CD’s and one EP, all I can say is wow! In my opinion, and I'm sure in so many others, you are considered an icon in the smooth jazz industry.

Thank you.

Your credits and accomplishments speak for themselves. You have managed to achieve something that many artists only dreamed of. How did it all begin?

I'm a California boy and I grew up in South Central LA. I've always loved music. At the request of my mom and dad, I began playing piano at 8 years old. Because I was into sports, mainly football and baseball, I was constantly unprepared for my weekly piano lessons. At that age piano was just not something that I took an interest in. “George Turple,” who was my teacher and choir director at the church I attended in my youth, noticed my lack of interest in piano. Because of that, he approached my parents with an alternative option.

Turns out that he had an old saxophone in his garage that he hadn't played in years. So, he dusted it off, and brought it to the next lesson.

The next time we met, he told me that we were going to do something different. So, we put the sax together, and started making sounds. He taught me how to do scales and melodies. That's where it all began.

That was the moment that a star was born. What was it about the sax that had an advantage over the piano?

I fell in love with the sax because it was totally different then the piano. I found it to be a lot more intriguing. I enjoyed the fact that I can blow through it and that it had cool little keys that I could press that made sounds. So, it was