Music Memory – Kieran Overs

Music Memory is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, offering the “Music For Memory Project”:  a program based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia, by providing them with iPods containing personalized music. For more information, visit

This week, bassist/composer/arranger/educator Kieran Overs shares his own memory.

“As a young musician, I went to the then O’Keefe Centre back in 1968 for a double bill of the Modern Jazz Quartet and the Thelonious Monk Quartet (featuring the same band from the “Live At The It Club” recording). The Modern Jazz Quartet was on first and I spent their entire set trying to stay awake. But then came Monk – and I was on the edge of my seat for their whole performance. I remember loving everything about Monk’s bassist Larry Gales’ playing and from that point, I was determined to switch from guitar to upright bass.”