ROY PATTERSON / KIERAN OVERS DUO
DATE: Saturday, July 30th
EVENT: Dinner Jazz
ADDRESS: Karma Kameleon
Roy Patterson & Kieran Overs
“Patterson…a perfectionist with a big, round and dominating sound that turns every tune into a stimulating experience.” – The Toronto Star
Catching the tail end of the 1960s provided Nova Scotia born guitarist Roy Patterson a broad palette of musical styles to draw from. After touring Atlantic Canada in dance bands during the 1970s, he made the move to Toronto and since then performed with many of Canada’s elite. His style has drawn comparisons with some of the most respected guitarists in North America, and his playing has taken him to Finland, Istanbul, Italy, Taiwan and the U.S.A.
Toronto-born bassist Kieran Overs has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass, and for the past 38 years on acoustic bass. Overs holds an Honours Diploma from Humber College, a B. Mus. from Humber/BCOU and a M. Mus. from McGill University (Montreal). He has also studied privately with renowned Danish bassist Neils-Henning Ørsted-Petersen and arranger Rick Wilkins.
He has toured internationally with Moe Koffman/Dizzy Gillespie, Jane Bunnett, Sophie Milman, Carol Welsman and Emilie-Claire Barlow, among others. Having worked in Toronto as a sideman with such artists as Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Bill Charlap, Harold Mabern Jr., Carol Sloane/ Bill Mays, Brian Dickinson, Pat LaBarbera, Alex Dean and Kirk MacDonald, Overs has established a solid reputation in Canadian jazz. Overs is currently a member of The Nancy Walker Quartet & Quintet, Ted Quinlan Trio & Quartet, The Alex Dean Quintet and Inside Out (with Lorne Lofsky and Barry Romberg).
He also writes and arranges for his band “Overs 11”. To his credit Overs has 4CDs 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 box 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”. He is an adjunct faculty member of the music department at Humber College (Toronto) and is active as a freelance musician and clinician.
– Won the coveted Prix de Jazz at Montreal’s Festival International Jazz Festival
“…Every note that he plays seems to have a purpose and a place, and
both purpose and place usually have something to do with melody”. – The Globe and Mail