Dwayne Kerr, flutist for Erykah Badu, recently announced his endorsement with GUO Musical Instruments Co. As a frequently touring artist, Kerr is a great match for this maker of composite flutes. "I always wanted to own a wood flute, but touring with the additional stress of changing weather and climate can make traveling with a wood flute challenging. The Grenaditte is great. Its made with a polymer composite material...no problems and no more worries" he said.
Kerr is quick to point out that the weight of the flute does not compromise the quality. "It's light weight making it ideal to travel and has a beautiful warm dark and rich tone. The action is really responsive...I absolutely love my Grenaditte C flute...I believe the Grenaditte is the next innovation in flute technology." Known as the "funky fluteman" Kerr is currently gearing up for another tour with Erykah Badu.
About the artist: Kerr is proving to be a brilliant flutist who is moving the flute into genres of music not often explored. 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. A solo performing artist since making music his business several years ago Kerr so much impressed Erykah Badu that he was hired to play in the Grammy award-winning vocalist’s band in 1998. A decade later he hasn’t looked back. “As I watch my friend in amazement” Erykah said of Dwayne “the high tones and the trills become part of me helping me to grow on stage. I don’t know which is sweeter his tone or his soul.”
While touring and recording with Erykah Badu 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.
The benefits of the invaluable experience and insight he acquired while working with Erykah are obvious on Dwayne’s debut CD Flutation described by Kirk Whalum as “melodic and inspired” and even more so on his sophomore effort Higher Calling on which Whalum as well as Erykah add their genius as guest artists. Higher Calling produced two singles that charted on Smoothjazz.com Top 50 and on the R&R Indicator Top 30 Charts over 25 weeks.
Experience the Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HykUEeHAx4