"I have never heard an organist in the States who has all that swinging, the organ, the electric piano, the bass pedals."



MIKE CARRMike (Michael Anthony) Carr
Born - South Shields, Co. Durham, England
7th December 1937


EMCEE FIVEThe Emcee group was a quartet called the Emcee Four at the start with Gary Cox on Tenor Sax and Malcolm Cecil on Bass and Ronnie Stephenson on drums and Mike Carr on Piano and Vibes.They played in the Basement of the Marimba Coffee House in Grey Street from Midnight to about 3 in the Morning. Mike's Brother Ian returned four months later from living in Italy and France and he joined the group. They played at the Downbeat Club in Cariol Square from midnight till about 3 in the morning.every Saturday. It was a great Club run by Mike Jeffreys who was later the Manager of the Animals and Jimmy Hendrix. It was always packed with a great atmosphere, many American Greats came there to sit in.

EMCEE FIVE From 1963 to 1965 he worked in Africa, after which he played organ in the Nighttimers, a group led by the singer Herbie Goins. He performed frequently at Ronnie Scott's, principally as an organist (1966-7), and later toured extensively with Scott's trio (1971-5), making an appearance at Carnegie Hall, New York (1974) and a week-long engagement at Buddy Rich's club. He also visited several European countries with his own quartet (1975-7).

MIKE CARR TRIOIn the late 1970s and 1980s Carr continued to work with his own ensembles, and also accompanied many distinguished soloists. After forming a jazz-rock group, Cargo, in 1980, he began to concentrate on producing and recording as well as performing and writing.

Mike has also been involved in commercial music recording in partnership with Robert Ahwai - Ahwai Carr Productions. Their most notable commercials include Lean on Me for the Bank of Ireland with a 'Bill Withers' vocal and a 'Nat King Cole' version of Stay Sweet As You Are for Oil of Ulay.

MIKE CARR QUARTETMike has led trios with such artists as John McLaughlin, Dick Morrissey, Jim Mullen, Tony Coe, Pete King and Bobby Gien. Among the many American artists he has worked with are Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Buddy Tate, Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Art Taylor, Kenny Clarke, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Art Farmer, Buddy De Franco and Sonny Payne.

MIKE CARR WITH DIZZY GILLESPIEHe has toured extensively, playing on the international stage in countries such as the USA, Australia, South Africa, Mozambique, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Holland and Belgium where he has recently been conducting keyboard and vibraphone masterclasses.

BAYONNE JAZZ FESTIVALOn 20th July 1998 The Mike Carr Quartet appeared with vocalist Irene Reid at a unique concert in France in Le Jardin du Jazz at the 9th Bayonne Jazz Festival. Apart from Mike on organ, the rest of the Quartet consisted of Andy Panayi - flutes and saxophones, Dave Cliff - guitar and Steve Brown - drums.
Whilst playing the festival Mike's Quartet were joined on stage by a longterm fan, the American trumpet great, Brian Lynch who joined the band onstage for a blistering rendition of the Gary Cox hardbop instrumental Lefty's Tune.

Click here to read about Mike's new Quartet 'Mike Carr's Blue Note Band' or here for information about their debut album release.

Album cover photography on the website by Adrian Korsner. Visit Adrian's website at www.jazzpics.co.uk


EmCee Five . Let's Take Five . 1961 . Landsdowne Jazz Series . Col.SEG8153 EP

Hammond Under Pressure . 1968 . EMI SX 6248

Ronnie Scott . Scott at Ronnies . 1973 . RCA LPL1-5056

Mike Carr and Rhythm . Arps 1020

THE INCREDIBLE TWO MAN ORCHESTRALive at Ronnie Scott's . 1979 . Spotlight 517

Loving You . Fly Productions 7704 Koln

Insight . Prince Lash . CBS 62409