Kassa Overall

LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club
10 Dean Street


Time Out describes Kassa Overall as 'Renaissance man: part chopsy, super-funky jazz drummer, and part rising producer-MC'

Since its January release date, Kassa's debut album, Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz has earned rave reviews from The New York Times, Afropunk, WBGO, WNYC, KNKX and Downbeat. 'It’s one of the few genuine-sounding, full-scope amalgams of contemporary hip-hop and jazz to surface in recent years' wrote Giovanni Russonello of the NYTimes in January.

Aside from his own work, Kassa is currently working as a spoken word and laptop artist with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's Social Science, drumming with singer Carmen Lundy, and producing as well as drumming with Arto Lindsay. 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. He’s performed with a formidable list of artists, including Christian McBride, Donald Byrd, Vijay Iyer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Francis & the Lights, Yoko Ono, Marc Ribot, Mayer Hawthorne, Ravi Coltrane, Gary Bartz, and many more. He spent several years as a key member of pianist Geri Allen's Timeline band and appears regularly with trumpeter Theo Croker (whose last album he co-produced). As a rapper and producer, Overall has collaborated with the hip-hop outfit Das Racist, and with Kool A.D on their Peaceful Solutions project. He also DJs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's house band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

'I first came across this incredible drummer a few years ago with Theo Croker’s band. He has gone from strength to strength... His versatility and digital savvy is now legendary and has made him one of the most in demand young musicians of the moment. Never known to be predictable and with a reputation for being a serious force of nature this is sure to be an unforgettable performance.'

(Tony Minvielle, Jazz FM)