Mike Carr (musician)

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Mike Carr (born Michael Anthony Carr, 7 December 1937, South Shields, County Durham, England [1] – 22 September 2017) [2] was an English jazz organist, pianist and vibraphonist.


The younger brother of trumpeter Ian Carr, with whom he formed the EmCee Five group, he began playing in Newcastle in the 1960s before leaving for London in the 1970s and appearing regularly at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. EmCee Five featured some of the UK's leading jazz musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, including John McLaughlin, Ronnie Stephenson, Malcolm Cecil, Spike Heatley and Johnny Butts. In 1976 he was band member of Eric Burdon.

From 1971–1975, Carr was a member of Ronnie Scott's trio, first with Tony Crombie and later with Bobby Gien. In the mid-1980s he led the band Cargo.


with Emcee Five

Other recordings

With Prince Lasha

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  1. "Mike Carr biography". Puresource.co.uk. 1937-12-07. Retrieved 2012-11-03.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Tribute: Mike Carr (1937-2017)". Puresource.co.uk. 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-09-26.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)