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Overton Berry

A reminiscence by Keith Terhune

Overton Berry is a long time friend and colleague. I first met him in Spokane when he appeared at the Davenport Hotel. One couldn't help marveling at his easy going piano style, his warm,  sincere and friendly nature. Definitely a first class performer.

He sang songs that had meaning. Some romantic, some sad, some happy and then he could hit you over the head with his gigantic jazz chops!

Overton was a great influence on my career. He taught me what it is that piano players do and a lot about how they do it.

Many years went by and I didn't see Overton until I moved back to Seattle after my own long road trip of 20 years. I found him at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, still doing what he does best...

Making people feel good.

In our conversation, he told me that he had been doing some traveling himself. Over the years he has played in Thailand, Japan, Egypt, Russia, China and probably lots of places he hasn't had time to tell me about.

Now we're both glad to be home in Seattle and share some stories about places we've been and things we've done, but we're not out to pasture yet.

Recently, I've had the pleasure of collaborating with Overton on concert projects at the Town Hall in Seattle, The Everett Theatre and The Admiral Theatre in Bremerton. We've performed with some great musicians and vocalists like Susan Osborn, Art Foxall and Mark Berry.

In April 2005 we produced our first Sunday Nite Concert, which featured the Overton Berry Trio at Admiral Congregational UCC in West Seattle. The concert was recorded and the CD Live At Admiral is now available at www.OvertonBerry.com.

Overton is teaching private piano these days and is a member of the Seattle Jazz Institute.

If you would like the chance to study piano with a legendary jazz pianist, here is your chance.

Overton also has a CD out "Overton Berry; to Madron"  recorded live at the Sorrento Hotel's Fireside Room where he is currently performing. For performance times, please contact the Sorrento Hotel.

For concert booking information, please email: concerts@paradoxstudios.net

 

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