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Jef Kearns is not one who would typically come to mind when you think of a best seller in Soul-Jazz and Contemporary R&B (a historical mark he made for flute on Amazon.com with his sophomore album, Soulfisticated, and his 2016 follow-up The Flute.)
The summer of 2016 hints at what’s to come for Jef and his super cool flute vibes on an international level. His EP, “The Flute” was featured in Smooth Style Magazine, the exclusive magazine given on the European Smooth Jazz festival scene. (Hans-Bernd Hülsmann at Smooth Jazz Daily). Jef was in good company, alongside saxophonists Steve Cole and Kim Waters and guitarist Matt Marshak. In June, 2016 “The Flute” also hit the Top 15 on the U.K. Soul Charts alongside mega-talent Gregory Porter.
I’m honoured to be working with Jef Kearns, Flautist as his booking agent and promoter. I had really never given “flute music” much attention until one day I heard “Hazy” via an internet radio station (thank you, Richard Edwards at SmoothGrooves, U.K.) I was blown away…if you want to know what I mean, please hit “Play”….
He is a flautist who, as Detroit Jazz Magazine put it, “makes the flute speak the urban language of soul” with a sound “you normally don’t hear from flautists.” And who, as Smooth Jazz Therapy, a go-to site for smooth jazz reviews said is “dispelling the myth that flute players can’t do urban jazz.”
Jef Kearns’ album, Soulfisticated, sat between the #4 best seller Janelle Monáe‘s “The Electric Lady” and Whitney Houston‘s “Love, Whitney” on Amazon Japan’s R&B charts.
Jef learned to speak the language in the best way possible: immersion. Growing up listening to hip hop and R&B on Detroit radio in the 1990s when the music was what many consider to be in its hey-day, he was the quiet 10 year old riding the line of “loud enough to hear but not loud enough for his parents to catch him up so late” when basking in Kiss FMs late night quiet storm program “Kisses After Dark” and pressing record and rewind on his hip hop radio mixes.
“I’d spend hours in my room playing along with whatever was playing on Hip Hop and R&B radio,” Jef reveals, “and when I wasn’t playing I was listening intensely to what exactly was happening, musically.”
Jef also cut his musical teeth as part of the house band for Toronto, Ontario’s jazz club, Trane Studio (named after John Coltrane) for 5 years on their weekly urban music night. Downbeat Magazine named Trane Studio one of the Top 150 Jazz Clubs worldwide.
Of his music, Jef says, “It is my mission to show people that flute that can be just as soulful and down-and-dirty as sax.
My music sheds a whole new light on urban music and the flute’s place in it. It’s the flute album for people who think they don’t like flute. You’ve never heard it like this before.”