Kassa Overall - San Jose Jazz

Kassa Overall

Winter Fest: Counterpoint with Ukraine
Wed, Feb 22
8pm doors; 9pm showtime (Pacific)
$30; $35 door / SJZ Break Room

Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer, a product of New York City’s jazz scene who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions. His output reflects a panoramic musical background, from West Coast G-Funk to the sounds of the New York underground. His Winter Fest guest is fast-rising Brooklyn vocalist J. Hoard, who made a memorable appearance in our Pandemic "Live From Home" series. Kicking us off will be DJ Chalé Brown of The Changing Same.

Pitchfork has proclaimed Kassa “one of modern jazz music’s most audacious futurists” while Afropunk has raved “his artistic arc is increasingly taking him into creative spaces without easy categorization. It’s the sound of an artist raising his game.”

Now based in Brooklyn, he was raised in Seattle, Washington, where he attended Garfield High School, the alma mater of Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. Kassa has been working at the forefront of jazz for two decades, touring and recording as a sideman drummer with artists as varied as Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Francis and the Lights, Yoko Ono, Peter Evans, Carmen Lundy, and Gary Bartz. His work as a producer can be heard on albums by Theo Croker (Escape Velocity), Arto Lindsay (Cuidado Madame), and Das Racist (Sit Down, Man). He’s also featured as an emcee and DJ on drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science, a project for which he received a Grammy nomination.

In the past two years, he has released four critically acclaimed projects: Go Get Ice Cream and Listen To Jazz, I Think I’m Good, Shades Of Flu and Shades Of Flu 2, gathering support from artistic visionaries including Virgil Abloh and Thom Yorke. Whatever the experiment, Overall remains faithful to the pocket of jazz drums in the tradition of his mentors, the late Elvin Jones and Billy Hart, with whom he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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Streaming Options

This concert will be live-streamed on SJZ’s YouTube and Facebook pages. 


Hip-Hop, Hybrid Event, Jazz, Jazz Beyond, Soul


Kassa Overall - drums Ian Fink - keyboards Tomoki Sanders - saxophone Bendji Allonce - percussion

Winter Fest

The "cool" counterpart to our annual Summer Fest, Winter Fest presents the best new discoveries in jazz, blues, Latin, salsa, Americana and more.

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