Kieran Overs

Canadian bassist Kieran Overs (born in Toronto December 22,1950) has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass and for the past 32 years on acoustic bass. He is a B.Mus. graduate of the Humber/BCOU Music Program and holds a master’s degree from McGill University (Montreal). He also studied privately with renowned Danish bassist Neils-Henning Orsted-Petersen and arranger Rick Wilkins. Working in Toronto as a sideman with such artists as Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Bill Charlap, Harold Mabern Jr., Carol Sloane with Bill Mays, Brian Dickinson, Pat Labarbera, Alex Dean, Kirk MacDonald, Nancy Walker, Lorne Lofsky, Ted Quinlan and Emilie-Claire Barlow and touring internationally with Moe Koffman/Dizzy Gillespie, Jane Bunnett and Sophie Milman, he has established a solid reputation in Canadian jazz. To his credit Overs has 4CDs on the Unity/Page label as leader/producer and more than 80 as a sideman. He was one of only 8 jazz artists selected to represent Canada on the 4CD/50-artist-boxed set ‘HERE AND NOW’-A Celebration of Canadian Music ‘; produced by the Canada Council to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations (released world-wide in October 1995). A profile of Overs’ career can be found in Mark Miller’s book ‘The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada’. Kieran lives with his wife, jazz pianist Nancy Walker, near the lake in Port Credit, Ontario. His daughter Kathleen Overs (‘unbreakable’) lives with her mother in Toronto and is a 3rd year student at the University Of Western Ontario.