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Ronnie Scott's Presents...Carl Orr

 Friday, 10th March, 2017

Carl Orr talks jazz, past, present and future, ahead of his Hospital Club debut.

The world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club is taking The Oak Room by storm as they curate a monthly line-up of influential acts to get your feet moving and souls alight. The next instalment features The Carl Orr Quartet, featuring one of the finest jazz-rock guitarists in the country, Carl Orr. 

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 and Bennie Maupin.

Who is your biggest jazz/musical inspiration?

Overall, my biggest influence is Miles Davis. As a guitarist my biggest inspiration is John McLaughlin.

What makes a great jazz musician/guitarist for you?

Mastery of the instrument, a deep sense of jazz tradition, originality and a desire to communicate with people through music, to make a valuable contribution to society.

Which jazz era would you like to go back to?

I love a lot of the jazz of the late 50s, as it was a perfect balance of uncompromising musical mastery and natural, unforced commercialism, which is what I have always striven for in a modern context.

What do you think the future of jazz/music is?

The emergence of outstanding artists with the 'common touch' is vitally important. It's essential for jazz artists to reach out to the broader public and find ways of creating music of uncompromising quality that people who are not necessarily jazz afficionados can enjoy. Gregory Porter is very significant, because he is an outstanding artist who has such humane qualities of strength and vulnerability that he really penetrates the listeners' hearts. Jacob Collier is a true innovator, a dazzlingly original thinker. Snarky Puppy have a great combination of musical mastery, originality and making serious music look like a fun thing for young people to enjoy. I have a great deal of trust in the younger generation to inspire and thrill us with new ideas and I can't wait to hear what happens next.