2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Kassa Overall
February 28, 2020 | 8:00 pm- $25
This event is 21+
“Kassa Overall’s new album…attests to the diverse musical identity of this drummer, producer and rapper. It’s one of the few genuine-sounding, full-scope amalgams of contemporary hip-hop and jazz to surface in recent years.” — The New York Times
Drummer Kassa Overall’s work ranges from jazz to hip-hop and indie-pop to avant-garde. Overall has been an integral part of Geri Allen’s Timeline band, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has made an impact on the indie-pop scene, touring with artists such as Francis and The Lights, Gordon Voidwell, TECLA and Mayer Hawthorne and the County. Using laptops and samplers on stage is a key element to Overall’s signature sound. He has toured extensively with his own band, fusing his jazz and instrumental training with his contemporary electronic passion. Overall graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM) where he studied under jazz drum legend Billy Hart. His mentors have included the late Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins, and Tootie Heath. Overall has also performed or recorded with Vijay Iyer, Das Racist, Wallace Roney, Ravi Coltrane, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Iron Solomon, Gordon Voidwell, and many more.