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Orhan Demir

Turkish Canadian Jazz Guitarist, Composer Orhan Demir was born in Turkey in 1954 on September 29th. He started playing guitar at the age of 14. In 1977 he left Turkey and came to Canada. Some of his earliest influences include the principal groups of the “1970`s jazz-fusion” era and afterwards the 1950`s and 1960`s , jazz stylists (John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Archie Shepp, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Django Reinhardt, Charles Mingus, etc..). Discography: Freedom in Jazz Vol.3 (CD-2023), Ziggurat (DVD-2021), Freedom in Jazz Vol.2 (CD-2020), Freedom in Jazz (CD-2019), Originals Vol.2 (CD-2018), Originals (CD- 1997), Guitar Plus (CD-1998), Hot Cargo (CD-1993), Sultan Of Strings (LP-1990), Windmill (LP-1989), North West (LP- 1988), The Way I See You (LP-1986).


ORHAN DEMIR, a young Toronto-based guitarist whose speed of execution is little short of prodigious and must be heard to be believed. …. Demir is very much his own man, bearing comparison with literally no other player, guitarist or otherwise. …. If for no other reason than the phenomenal As Time Goes By, you definitely should seek this album out. Pete Welding / DownBeat / May 1988. —— Canadian ORHAN DEMIR is an incredible, even legendary guitarist must be heard to be believed …. Demir`s sheer command of his instrument is astonishing and spurred by the interplay of his cohorts, he reaches some breathtaking heights

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Archie Shepp
saxophone, soprano
Ornette Coleman
saxophone, alto
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Eric Dolphy
Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic



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