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Carl Orr is an internationally renowned guitarist from Adelaide, South Australia. He was based in London for many years since the 1990s, but has since retuned to live in Adelaide.


Carl Orr was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1960. In 1973 Orr moved with his family to Adelaide, South Australia. His first gig was playing easy-listening songs made popular by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Perry Como on Friday and Saturday evenings in the restaurant of the Hotel Australia in North Adelaide, in a four-piece band fronted by smooth Filipino crooner Dale Adriatico, who played organ and a primitive Korg synthesiser while he sang. Carl continued to play gigs, performing both jazz and rock in the local pub scene, and by the time he left Adelaide for the ‘big smoke’ of Sydney in 1983, he had hundreds of gigs under his belt.

Carl Orr has recorded and performed with some of the most respected musicians on the planet, including Ernie Watts and Bennie Maupin, as well as Billy Cobham and George Duke. He was previously a regular at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with his own band, and as a member Mark Fletcher’s supergroup “Fletch’s Brew”. Carl has taught guitar at The Australian Institute of Music (Brunel University), Middlesex University and The Academy of Contemporary Music. He is a prolific composer and has recorded eight albums as a leader. Orr earned a nomination for the 1992 ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album for Seeking Spirit (1991). In 2017 Orr was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame. In 2018 he played guitar for the UK tour of Sting's "The Last Ship".


  • Carl Orr (1990)
  • Seeking Spirit (1991)
  • Mean It (1993)
  • Blue Thing (1995)
  • London period. (2001)
  • Absolute Freedom (2001)
  • Deep Down (2006)
  • Emergence (2009)
  • Forbearance (2014)
  • Somewhere Else (2017)
  • Bordertown Sunrise (2023)

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