Noah Kerr had an early introduction to a wide variety of musical styles and traditions. Starting with a childhood familiarity with many classic vinyl albums from the American and British scenes of Rock and Blues, he developed a taste for a wide variety of traditional folk material from a number of different ethnic traditions, often stopping along the way to cultivate an interest in a number of different instruments. In late middle school, an old nylon-stringed folk guitar ended up in his curious hands.
A jazz saxophonist and history scholar by education, he has primarily handled The Eastern Gate’s lead guitar, vocal, and keyboard instrumentation (including acoustic pianos, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, B3 organ), focused on contributing an expansive, yet controlled sound outside the standard distortion- and volume-focused trends of rock music. He has dabbled in multi-instrumentation as well, and is right at home in studio production and such. Naturally resonant harmonics and dimensions of sonic space find little trouble in catching his interest, while strong storytelling imagery has always been a fascination. His influences range across a vast spectrum of instrumentalists, vocalists and composers from a wide variety of traditions– Mark Knopfler, Ray Charles, Wayne Shorter, Greg Brown, Manu Katche, Peter Gabriel, Hugh Masekela and Paul Meany are just a few of the more current selection.
In addition to his cohorts of The Eastern Gate, Noah has interacted with musical forces like Bill Russell, Dennis Wilson (Count Basie Band), Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), Greg Hurley (Blisters, Tonecasters), Ray White (Frank Zappa, Zappa Plays Zappa), Ed Englerth (L.A.B., Armada), Hillsdale College Jazz Big Band, James Armstrong, and others.