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A professional musician since 1980 Carl Orr has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the planet including Billy Cobham, George Duke, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Gary Husband, Bennie Maupin and Pee Wee Ellis. He has been a very frequent performer regular at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club since 2008.
Carl has taught guitar at The Australian Institute of Music, Brunel University, Middlesex University, London Centre Of Contemporary Music and The Academy of Contemporary Music.
A prolific composer,Carl has recorded ten albums, the latest being his solo guitar album "Bordertown Sunrise", scheduled for release in late 2022.He is also featured on albums by Billy Cobham, Fletch's Brew, Sean Wayland and Nathan Haines.In 2017 he was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall Of Fame. His “Seeking Spirit” album was a runner up for Best Jazz Album in the 1991 ARIA Awards(Australia) and his song “Until” co-written with Renee Geyer,was runner up for “Best Jazz Composition” in the 1996 APRA Awards(Australia).
Carl composes production music for Warner/Chappell.
Carl is married with two children and lives with his wife in North London.
Carl Orr Selected Discography
As a leader;
Deep Down (2006)
Absolute Freedom (2004)
Blue Thing (1995)
Mean It (1993)
Seeking Spirit (1991)
Carl Orr (1990)
As a sideman;
Billy Cobham; Focused, Compass Point, Tales From The Skeleton Coast
Geoff Eales; Shifting Sands
Nathan Haines; Squire For Hire
Sean Wayland/Keith Carlock;Mr KC
“A stunningly beautiful feast for the ears” Walter Kolosky(John McLaughlin biographer) review of Forbearance album