Welcome to the first BRP LIVE! A new weekly series of interviews from The Band Room Podcast. We sat down with Toronto based trombonist and composer, Christian Overton to chat about his path and his wonderful new initiative, Musicians Helping Music Teachers.
This is also the debut of EKR Hammell's, Skyline as the official music for the Band Room Podcast!
Originally from Sudbury Ontario, Christian Overton is now one of the most in demand trombonists and composers in Toronto in every scene from jazz and rock to salsa, R&B, theatre work and everything in between. He has a degree from Humber College where he studied with some of the nation’s top jazz musicians including Pat LaBarbera, John MacLeod, and Alistair Kay. Christian has also completed a Masters degree at the University of Toronto studying with Kelsley Grant, Gary Kulesha and Tim Ries.
Jazz collaborations include: Hermeto Pascoal, John Clayton, The Panamanian Big Band featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Miguel Zenon. Also Kurt Elling, Bobby Shew, Guido Basso, Peter Appleyard, Jane Bunnett, Bill Dobbins, The Art of Jazz Orchestra, Jens Lindemann & the Order of Canada Band, Christine and Ingrid Jensen, The LaBarbera Brothers, The Don Thompson Big Band, John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra, Turboprop, The Carn Davidson 9, The Heavyweights Brass Band, NOJO and Gary Morgan’s Panamerican All Stars as well as many other acts. Christian was also featured on the Cuphead video game soundtrack which reached #1 on the billboard jazz charts in 2019.
Non Jazz collaborations include: Frankie Valli, Glass Tiger, Jully Black, Sloan, Bedouin Soundclash, Jimmy Bosch, Jens Lindemann, Sean Jones and The Righteous Echo, Do Make Say Think, Fred Penner, The Art of Time Ensemble, Classic Albums Live, The Lowest of the Low, Monkey House, Jackie Richardson, Alain Trudel, Alfredo De La Fe, Roberto Blades, Willie Torres, Jerry Rivera, Ebi, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution and many others.
Currently composer for his own Composers Collective Big Band and Quintet, he has also composed for several television projects as well as commissions for recent visits by Ranee Lee and Dave Douglas and for countless jazz and chamber groups. The Christian Overton Quintet has released their first record "The Test" and The Composer Collective Big Band released their self titled album in 2017. Christian was also a finalist for the OAC Louis Applebaum composers award in 2019.
Recently Christian has launched Clovertone Music Publishing, an innovative sheet music publishing company designed to get customized Canadian material in to the classroom and connect today’s professional musicians with the next generation.
Christian was nominated for a 2017 Juno award for “Sweet Canadiana” by Jens Lindemann and the Order of Canada Band.
" a crowd-silencing trombone solo from Christian Overton" NOW Magazine
Christian is proud to be a Yamaha artist!
EKR Hammell | Skyline (BRP Theme Music)
University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, Dr. Gillian MacKay - Conductor
Learn more: https://ekrhammell.com/2019/02/01/skyline/
Gustav Holst | Second Suite in F for Military Band, Fantasia on the "Dargason"
Air Combat Command Heritage of American Band
Musicians Helping Music Teachers
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