Chris Orbach

Chris Orbach

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Pop - Alternative | New York, United States
Total Song Plays: 4   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Chris Orbach was born and raised in Manhattan in a show-biz family. Although he pursued acting for many years, he always played music and sang. He tried to learn piano properly for years, but had a problem reading music. So instead, he taught himself to play by ear, and composed weird Jazz-flavored compositions essentially as a hobby, all the while convinced that someday he’d be an actor. College changed all that. After burning out on acting at a theater conservatory, Chris changed schools heading to NYU for Film and Television. There he discovered two things: European films, and rock and roll...and everything changed. He got a guitar and started teaching himself to play at 21, and by 22 he was playing solo in clubs.

After a long hiatus he’s back on the scene with a self-produced CD and a great group of players: guitarist Stew Cutler, who’s worked with artists from Wilson Pickett to Bill Frisell; Drummer and producer Graham Hawthorne, who’s worked with Paul Simon, David Byrne, James Brown, and others; Bassist John Montagna, of The Alan Parsons Live Project; Keyboardist Tim Regusis, who’s worked with Ruben Blades, Clifford Jordan, and Patti Austin; and a horn section led by his brother -- tenor and soprano sax player Tony Orbach -- rounded out by Paul Vercesi on alto sax and Kevin Batchelor on trumpet. Known as “The Urban Horns”, they played for years with local funk, ska, and reggae legends Urban Blight and with other artists from Bob Dylan to The Beastie Boys.