Drummer, producer, rapper, and vocalist Kassa Overall is an in-demand sideman and solo performer whose wide-ranging talents have found him playing in variety of scenarios, from edgy post-bop jazz and avant-garde settings to hip-hop and indie rock projects.
While percussion is his main focus, Overall has a passion for electronic-based production and often incorporates the use of laptops and samplers into his music. A native of Seattle, Overall honed his skills while earning his undergraduate degree in music from Oberlin, during which time he gained valuable mentorship from such luminaries as Billy Hart, Michael Rosen, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins, and others. After graduating, he relocated to New York City and found work performing with a formidable list of artists, including Christian McBride, Donald Byrd, Vijay Iyer, Francis & the Lights, Mayer Hawthorne, Wallace Roney, Ravi Coltrane, Gary Bartz, Iron Solomon, Gordon Voidwell, and many more. He also spent several years as a key member of pianist Geri Allen's Timeline band and works regularly with trumpeter Theo Croker's ensemble. As a rapper and producer, Overall has collaborated with Brooklyn-based hip-hop outfit Das Racist, is a member of the duo Kool & Kass with former Das Racist member Kool A.D., and DJs with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's house band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human. As a solo performer, Overall has released a handful of well-regarded mixtapes and singles, including 2014's "Cauliflower," 2016's "Naked Light," and 2017's "Cussing at the Strip." ~ Matt Collar