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 33 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 and Ted Quinlan and touring internationally with Moe Koffman/Dizzy Gillespie and Jane Bunnett, he 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". Recently Overs toured internationally with singers Sophie Milman and Emilie-Claire Barlow.
He is on adjunct faculty at Humber College in Toronto and Mohawk College in Hamilton and is active as a freelance musician, clinician and bandleader.