Jef Kearns, soul flautist,

He is transforming the reputation of the instrument from band geek to urban chic through his signature flute sounds and urban sense of style. Music listeners and industry alike are taking note.

Tom Coyne (mastering engineer for Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo, Sade, Beyoncé, and countless others) says, “His compositions and beats are both really strong.

Beautiful flute performance on really good quality pop music. Not only the Smooth Jazz listeners, but also R&B music fans would enjoy his songs.”

Jef Kearns ft Hilltop Productions – FREESTYLE HIP HOP FLUTE

Executive producer/programmer at CKLN, Carl Allen remarked to the flautist, “Jef, you have taken flute to a whole new level.

You have made me a fan (of the flute), and that’s not easy do. In my 35 years in the biz I have heard a lot of players. You are the best, my friend.”

Jef Kearns grew up listening to the urban music radio stations broadcast out of Detroit and credits his selected career path to them.

Even at the age of 10, Jef would learn R&B melodies and transpose hip hop lines and verse into the rhythms of his flute.

Harlem, Spoken Word, Poetry, Intense feat. Al St. Louis.

“I’d spend hours in my room playing along with hip hop station 96.3FM,” Jef reveals, “and when I wasn’t playing I was listening intensely to what exactly was happening, musically.”

The Jef Kearns fan base is as diverse as the emotion attached to his every note. Fans range from a teenage online listener who described his flute playing as “da bomb” to a veteran boxer who, after seeing Jef perform, stated he was inspired to play the flute himself.

Lavender — Soulful Urban Jazz by Jef Kearns

Music producer Damon De Szegheo recounts hearing a group of death-metal rockers say of Jef, “This guy shreds better on flute than I can on guitar” as they overheard the flautist recording.Jef Kearns’ crossover appeal has been proven in the media as well.

He is the only instrumentalist listed on (a site ranked 20 out of 198 million “soul” searches on Google), alongside recognized and award-winning vocalists and musicians, including Jill Scott, Joe, Common, and Mint Condition.

Lollipop – L’il Wayne – Kanye West – Jef Kearns Soul Flute Cover

L’il Wayne cover; Jef Kearns with Trey Anthony

He has also made numerous appearances on the Jazz Review and The Live Music Report Web sites.

Consisting of all original tracks, Jef’s debut album On the Level unleashes a quiet storm of flute-focused R&B grooves that cross genres from modern soul to hip-hop to classic Motown.

Of the album Jef says, “It is my mission to show people that flute that can be just as soulful and down-and-dirty as sax.

Return of the Mack – Live remix. Flute and DJ.


“I first had the pleasure of hearing this choice flautist at Trane Studio. Jef seems content in whatever vein he decides to play in, R&B, Latin jazz, or accompanying the spoken word. Look for him around town, you won’t be disappointed.”

Dave Milbourne, Toronto Jazz Magazine

Soulscape –  Episode 1 

Soulscape – Episode 2

Soulscape – Episode 3

Soulscape Episode 4

Soulscape Episode 5

Soulscape Episode 6

Soulscape – Episode 7

Poker Face (hip hop instrumental remix)

I Wanna Be the One LIVE ACOUSTIC

BBC Introducing Jef Kearns

Jef Kearns with Chris Rouse – On the Level

“Jef Kearns’ debut album ‘On The Level’ is dispelling the myth that flute players can’t do urban jazz… it’s a hip, up to the minute, collection that oozes class… every one of the nine choice tunes offer ample opportunity for Kearns to display his considerable virtuosity, each shimmers with its own unique vibe.”

Smooth Jazz


On the Level is available through,, iTunes, and Amazon.


“When I hear the flute, I think of meadows, flowers, ponds and trees … That perhaps explains why I still find the use of the flute in R&B and jazz to be so shocking. However, as Jef Kearns shows on his album On The Level, this juxtaposition can be shockingly effective. On the Level is a recording that has its feet planted firmly in the woods and the hood. Recommended.”