While touring and recording with Erykah Badu for the past several years, Dwayne added his sound to recordings including Ms. Badu’s version of the Chaka Khan hit, “Hollywood,” which is on the soundtrack/CD to the Spike Lee movie, “Bamboozled,” on Motown Records and Erykah’s song, “Today,” which is on the Red Star Sounds compilation CD on Epic Records. Kerr played on Erykah’s latest CD, “Worldwide Underground,” and her previous CD, “Mama’s Gun,” on Motown Records.
Raised and still residing on Long Island, New York, Kerr attended New York colleges Nassau Community College, SUNY-Stony Brook and SUNY-Old Westbury, where he was trained classically and in jazz. Kerr is a brilliant flutist who is moving the flute into other genres of music not often explored. Connecting with the audience both in a live setting and on recordings is a trait well-respected by others in the industry. “I’ve seen Dwayne inspire many people all over the world with his sound,” said RC Williams, Producer/co-songwriter Higher Calling and Producer/Songwriter/MD for Erykah Badu.
A by-product of his ascending career, Kerr signed a deal with AKG Acoustics in 2001 to endorse an AKG wireless headset system. When not touring with Ms. Badu, Kerr is active in his venture as a solo artist, most notable having performed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the Jazz & Broadway Concert at the United Nations and at halftime of several National Basketball Association games. Dwayne has performed on shows with or opened shows for Erykah Badu, Regina Belle, Roy Hargrove, Marion Meadows, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Rubin and other noted artists. His lasted CD, “Higher Calling,” is a funk-infused mix described as “…jazz music as beautiful as it comes…” by Susan Frances of JazzReview.com.
The Funky Fluteman returns to the Long Island Winterfest/Jazz on the Vine concert series February 13, 2010.
This is the third time Dwayne Kerr has appeared as part of the festivities and the second year in a row that Clovis Point Winery has requested the fluteman play. The 2009 show was filled to capacity, so be sure to arrive early for this very special and FREE concert. More information can be found at www.liwinterfest.com
If you can’t make it to Winterfest, you can also catch Dwayne performing January 29th at the Jamaica Jazz Festival as part of the Erykah Badu Band. Dwayne will be touring with Erykah in support of her new CD release.
Artist’s website: www.dwaynekerr.com