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Kieran Overs


KIERAN OVERS (bassist) was born on December 22, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass and for the past 30 years on acoustic bass. He is a B.Mus. graduate of the Humber/BCOU Music Program and holds a Masters Degree from McGill University in Montreal. He has studied bass with renowned Danish bassist Neils-Henning Orsted-Pederson and arranger Rick Wilkins. Working in Toronto as a sideman with such artists as Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Sonny Fortune, Dewey Redman, Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, Bill Charlap, Harold Mabern Jr., John Stetch, Carol Sloane and Bill Mays, Brian Dickinson, Pat LaBarbera, Alex Dean, Kirk MacDonald, Nancy Walker, Lorne Lofsky, Ted Quinlan, and touring internationally with Moe Koffman, Dizzy Gillespie, and Jane Bunnett, he has established a solid reputation in Canadian jazz.

Overs has three CDs to his credit on the Unity/Page label as leader/producer and more than 80 as a sideman. He was one of only eight jazz artists selected to represent Canada on the four CD, 50-artist boxed set ‘HERE AND NOW - a Celebration of Canadian Music’ produced by the Canada Council to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations (released world-wide in October 1995).

In addition to his freelance work, Kieran Overs teaches bass, theory and ensemble performances at Toronto's Humber College, and was Artist in Residence for the fall term of 2000 at St Francis Xavier University. He also frequently adjudicates student recitals at the University of Toronto. Kieran is married to jazz pianist Nancy Walker.

1994 - Jazz Report Award as "Best Jazz CD of the Year’" Alex Dean's Kaitlyn's Waltz (bassist, producer, and engineer)
1994 - New York's Village Voice "Top 10 Jazz Recordings" - Kaitlyn's Waltz
1998 - Prix de Jazz Award winner - Montreal International Jazz Festival - John Stetch Trio