Christian Overton

If you ask jazz trombonist Christian Overton when his musical destiny unfolded, you’ll get a refreshingly simple story. Don’t wait for swooning tales about obscure jazz records with intricate trombone solos and performances that set him on the unchangeable path to becoming a musician. All that inspiration actually followed after an older brother introduced the trombone to a young Christian one day in the family room. “I thought I would be ahead of my grade six music class,” Christian confesses with charismatic honesty. From precocious schoolboy to Humber music performance graduate, Christian Overton is now one of Toronto’s leading jazz musicians and writers—who also admits “…all the saxophones were taken by the time the teacher got to the letter ‘O’.” Growing up in Sudbury, Ontario, Christian’s childhood was comic books, snow, and music appreciation for fun. His father (one of Northern Ontario’s foremost radio personalities) played all sorts of tunes for the four Overton kids to enjoy. Sessions of classical Beethoven changed to the smooth seventies rock of Chicago and then backtracked to The Beatles. The defining moment, however, of Christian’s fascination with jazz happened with a gift from his uncle—Mellow-Dy by Slide Hampton. “Slide played things on the trombone I never heard before or even dreamed were possible.” After that first trombone lesson in a house filled with music, a life all about jazz was taking shape. Christian’s formal music education became an important experience. He was fortunate to attend schools with highly regarded music programs where his abilities were encouraged and challenged. As a teenager, Christian continued to explore the giants of trombone history, listening endlessly to the sweet melodies of JJ Johnson and carefully noting Curtis Fuller’s technical mastery. “I used to listen to the records and learn the solos too,” says Christian. “I could eventually play along with them note for note.” Surrounded by these influences and dedicated teachers, Christian soon showed great promise as a trombonist, improviser, and bandleader. In fact, when he was nearly finished high school, he was already leading a working jazz trio and had professional experience in every genre from dance bands to symphony orchestras and studio work.

Leaving his Sudbury home, Christian accepted a scholarship for jazz performance at Humber College in Toronto where he excelled both in the classroom and on the college performance circuit. He studied with some of the nation’s top jazz musicians including Pat LaBarbera, John Macleod, and Alistair Kay. Christian expanded his instrumental skills into bass trombone doubling and his musical proficiency as a contemporary jazz arranger/composer for combo and big band. On the stage, his dynamic performance abilities were obvious, playing a variety of styles from jazz to Latin to R&B. Christian was also featured on seven college-produced records as a member of the prestigious Humber Studio Jazz ensemble. Now living in Toronto, Christian’s career is gaining such momentum that it’s hard to keep up! He performs in a variety of ensembles regularly including the nine-piece funk band King Sunshine, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and most recently, The Art of Jazz Orchestra in addition to various other pit orchestras and jobbing bands. Christian is also the featured composer and musical director for The Composers Collective Big Band, a seventeen-piece ensemble performing high-energy, contemporary works that smash the traditions of the Toronto jazz scene. Christian can also be heard on television, writing material for various productions such as School of Chef and Sun TV’s, King Kaboom.

swing
Grade 1
$1.00

This fun version of our national anthem is dedicated to all the band kids that have to stand or sit quietly through endless school ceremonies only to play a few notes. This arrangement is sort of a Dixieland march that should spice up any school function!

Have fun!

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandDixielandChristian Overton2:004/4180
swing
Grade 3
$60.00

"The Pursuit" is an epic medium swing tune with a very New York modern Jazz type of sound. It features a challenging band soli section and room for Alto sax and drums to stretch out.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to high Bb
  • Works in a wide tempo range
  • Improvisaton difficulty intermediate
  • Optional Bass trombone notes
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton4:304/4112
swing
Grade 1
$40.00

"Sock Hop Be-Bop" is a fun 60s inspired groovy tune designed for young bands. It’s got a bit of chromatic fun for the saxes and punchy brass shots. Solos are for anyone!

Other features:

  • Lead tumpet to G
  • Solos are Blues scale based
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandGroovyChristian Overton3:004/4120
other
Grade 1
$40.00

Tango! puts a fresh spin on any young bands' library. It features some slinky Alto Saxophone and is a good opportunity to teach about the Harmonic Minor scale and maybe world music in general.

Other Features:

  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Clapping parts for the horns
  • Improvising on the Harmonic Minor scale
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandTangoChristian Overton3:004/4100
ballad
Grade 1
$40.00

This song is a romantic Lullaby in 3/4 about the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom tree or Sakura. It is a ballad featuring the trombone. This selection is a good opportunity to teach about 3/4 time in jazz.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Improvising is beginner level
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBallad WaltzChristian Overton3:303/490
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

This chart is written with a real "film noir" type of sound. I'm picturing a 1920's hard boiled detective in his daily grind. This tune let's your Bass player really dig in and offers some great opportunity for some bluesy sounds out of your sax section.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Minimal line independence
  • Blues scale based solos
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSlow SwingChristian Overton3:304/4100
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

"That Look" is a slow dance shuffle ballad feature for the Alto Saxophone. It’s a classic recognizable style that we as professional musicians play in all the time. The melody is very singable and the harmony goes some nice places. It’s a good opportunity to share with your students a little bit about being a musician as a career, and playing this dance kind of music.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Improvising is Beginner level
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwing BalladChristian Overton4:004/460
other
Grade 2
$50.00

"Atlantic crossing" is a modal tune with a light straight 8ths feel. I wrote this to get the kind of feeling of being alone on the quiet water. It features some wave sound effects in the brass and some room for your trumpet soloist to blow. A good teaching opportunity is the Mixolydian scale and modal Jazz as a whole.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to F
  • Wave effects in the horns
  • Trumpet solo on the mixolydian scale
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStraight 8ths ModalChristian Overton3:304/4100
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

This fun Salsa tune was inspired by the mix of skill and youthful energy some kids have for music. It features some Sax trading for the Altos and Tenors as well as a trumpet solo. Also check out some powerful Brass moments and a slinky sax soli.

Other features:

  • Strong trumpet parts
  • Strong lead trombone part
  • Athletic saxophone parts
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSalsaChristian Overton3:304/4180
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

"Electro’s Next Plot" was inspired by T.V. music from when I was a kid, most notably in the comic book genre. This is a fun shuffle featuring your guitar player and some dirty saxophone section work. It’s a good opportunity to teach your students about the 12/8 feel and reading rhythms in this meter. Have your band let loose!

Other features:

  • Grade 2 Version
  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Blues scale improvisation
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSlow ShuffleChristian Overton3:0012/872
swing
Grade 4
$70.00

"2 Dave K" was inspired by the modern Jazz sounds out of New York and pianist Dave Kikoski. This burning Jazz tune is the first track off the "Composer's Collective Big Band" self titled record and features piano, trombone, and trumpet along with an athletic sax soli in the middle. This challenging tune is great for a year long project and would be a great selection for competition repertoire.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandFast SwingChristian Overton6:304/4220
other
Grade 4
$70.00

"A Kingdom’s Last Hope" a story telling tune. The first section is the pleading villagers, followed by a gallant hero called to action, and then to monster section and eventual heroic victory. See if you can hear the imagery. This track was featured on the "Composer's Collective Big Band" self titled record. It features the saxophone section doubling on clarinet and flute. Also featured are some evil plunger trombones and a Brass fanfare finale.

Other features:

  • Sax section is: Soprano/flute, Alto/flute, 2 Tenor/clarinets, Bari/Bass Clarinet
  • There is no Guitar part
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz Band12/8 FeelChristian Overton7:3012/8120
swing
Grade 4
$70.00

"10:41AM" is a melodic modern Jazz tune emulating the style of the great Kenny Wheeler. The dreamy changes and twin melodies make for a romantic, searching type of feel. It features the trombone and tenor sax on the main melody and in the improvising section. It also has some space for the drums at the end. This chart is a good opportunity to teach your students about a broken Jazz 2 feel and how it’s different than a 4 feel or from a 2 feel in the early days of Jazz.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandMedium SwingChristian Overton6:004/4180
ballad
Grade 4
$70.00

"Wood & Shadow" is a spooky selection as recorded by the "Composer's Collective Big Band" on their self titled release. This tune is a feature vehicle for the soprano saxophone, and also features the melody played by Bass Clarinet, Bass and Bass trombone creating a unique sound. It’s a nice change from the standard big band repertoire and will be a good work out for your woodwind section if they are saxophone players looking to double.

Other features:

  • Woodwinds are: Soprano Sax, Flute, 2 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSlow Straight 8ths Christian Overton8:304/488
swing
Grade 4
$70.00

"Electro’s Next Plot" is a fun romp through the comic book cartoon genre. It switches between a blistering minor blues and a slow and dirty shuffle. This tune features the guitar and Baritone Sax and also has some great section playing for the saxophones. This one is great for bringing down the house at the end of your set.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSlow ShuffleChristian Overton7:0012/860
latin
Grade 1
$40.00

"At Long Last" is a romantic, smooth Bossa Nova ballad featuring improvising for any horn. This is a great tune to teach your students about quiet blend and balance throughout the band.

Other features:

  • Melody across sections
  • Full band unison soli
  • Improvising on C major scale
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBossa NovaChristian Overton3:304/4120
latin
Grade 1
$40.00

"Hotel Mambo" is a fun latin tune for young bands inspired by the classic mambo band sound. It features the saxophone section on the repeated mambo figure and the trumpets on the melody. The solo section is written for trombone solo, with a later section open for drums to improvise.

Other features:

  • Fun ostinato
  • Clapping parts for the horns
  • Improvising on the mixolydian scale
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandMamboChristian Overton3:004/4180
other
Grade 1
$40.00

"Pete’s Chune" is a Reggae chart dedicated to my high school teacher Pete Scherzinger. He told me one day that no one ever writes Reggae for big band. While now they do! This tune is a relaxed feel that’s somewhere between cut time and regular 4/4. The little melodies throughout should be played as if they were being sung.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandReggaeChristian Overton3:004/4160
other
Grade 2
$50.00

"A Kingdom’s Last Hope" is a story telling tune. The first section is the pleading villagers, followed by a gallant hero called to action, and then to monster section and eventual heroic victory. See if you can hear the imagery. This grade 2 version is a simplified version of the original recorded by the "Composer's Collective Big Band" designed for high school players.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz Band12/8 FeelChristian Overton4:3012/8120
swing
Grade 1
$40.00

"Train Track" is a groove tune emulating riding the rails. It features string unison sax work and some fun "train whistle" wah-wah’s in the brass. The bridge section has a old school T.V. cop show vibe. Improvising is for anyone and is on the blues scale.

Other features:

  • Trumpet to G
  • Saxophone and brass trading section
  • Easy brass parts
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandShuffleChristian Overton3:004/4132
swing
Grade 3
$70.00

“The Green Blues” was written for the 2009 MusicFest Canada All Star Jazz Band under the direction of Denny Christianson. This tune is a really good vehicle for a strong band to show their stuff as soloists and sectional players. It features a sax soli, band soli, improvising for everyone and a nice big shout at the end.

Other features:

  • Strong sax section workout

  • Trumpet 1 to high D

  • Improvising on the 12 bar blues

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton4:004/4160
swing
Grade 3
$60.00

Christian says: "'Arcadian Autumn' is a relaxed jazz waltz featuring the saxophone section. I wrote it walking home on Arcadian Crescent on a perfect fall day. The pulse can be thought of in a fast 3 or a slow 1 feel. The bridge sections should be more washy and dreamy while the other sections can have more of a dancing feel."

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandWaltzChristian Overton3:303/4120
ballad
Grade 3
$60.00

This classically inspired arrangement was written to really set the mood of a crisp, starlit winter’s night. It features lush section playing and some chances to show off independent section leaders. There is an improvising section for Alto Saxophone.

Other Features:

  • Bb Major scale improvising
  • Choral sections
  • A fresh take on a classic Holiday standard
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton4:003/490
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

This arrangement is a Salsa twist on a Christmas favourite. It features some quirky lead lines and is a good introduction to Salsa rhythms for bands ready to take on a new challenge. Solos are marked for trumpet and drums.

Other Features:

  • Good introduction to Salsa rhythms
  • Section unison melodies
  • Modern and fun to play
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSalsaChristian Overton3:304/4100
swing
Grade 3
$60.00

“Canal Street Walk” is a fun and raucous New Orleans street beat tune inspired by the city’s famous second line bands. It features unison melody lines in the horns, some great soli lines to dig in on and a danceable feel to get your band moving! Improvising is written for Baritone Saxophone.

Other Features:

  • Horn section solis
  • Bass Solo
  • Lead trumpet to G
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton4:004/4180
rock
Grade 2
$50.00

“Cloud Song” is a simple straight 8ths tune written in homage to those of us with their heads stuck in the clouds. It’s written as an introduction to cross section playing, meaning that the musicians are often in unison with players in different sections not always with those beside them. It has a light rockish feel with a 50’s inspired Piano pattern.

Other Features:

  • Simple melodies in counterpoint
  • Solo written for Guitar
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockChristian Overton3:304/4120
other
Grade 3
$60.00

"The Dance Hall Shake” is an infectious groove inspired by Jamaican dance hall rhythms. Its melodies are very rhythmic and are played in a call and answer type fashion. The sections are often divided in pairs and the lines are very specifically marked long and short to fit the style. This tune is a good teaching opportunity to talk about working on efficient and accurate articulations.

Other Features:

  • Improvising for trombone and drums
  • A lot of unison
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandDance HallChristian Overton3:004/4100
other
Grade 3
$60.00

“Femi’s Flight” is an afrobeat adventure inspired by the Nigerian afrobeat sound. It features an exciting 12/8 groove and a substantial amount of unison melody in the horns, This tune makes for a fresh change in the Jazz band repertoire with a world music flavour.

Other Features:

  • A lot of unison
  • Solos for Alto Saxophone and drums
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandAfro BeatChristian Overton4:0012/8120
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

“Let Me Be the Sugar in Your Tea” is inspired by the charming slow struts of Louis Armstrong. I’m picturing him swooning with a woman trying to win her over with his singing. The tune is a medium 2 step Dixieland feel featuring the solo trumpet on the melody.

Other Features:

  • Improvising for Piano
  • Sectional melody
  • Solo trumpet to Ab
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/496
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

“Lifted” is a Gospel tune inspired by the great sound of gospel bands and choirs in churches all over the world. It features a chin’ solo for the trumpet, a great gospel 2 feel and even a “testifying” section at the end to bring the house down. In the middle of the tune you’ll also find a clapping breakdown section for your audience to join in.

Other Features:

  • Improvising for trumpet
  • Easy trombone parts
  • Fun sax lines
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/4140
rock
Grade 3
$60.00

“Lost Stories” is a driving straight 8ths Jazz tune written for the 2010 Musicfest Canada Yamaha All Star Band under the direction of Terry Promane. It’s written in a professional band style but is definitely accessible for high school level players. It features improvising for Alto Sax and a climactic drum solo.

Other Features:

  • Athletic sax parts
  • Meaty brass parts
  • Modern sound
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandStr. 8thsChristian Overton4:004/4140
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

“A Long Kept Secret” is a warm straight eighths ballad filled with hints of nostalgia and reflection. It features a memorable yet searching melody written for alto saxophone. The bridge section moves and grows while the A sections play as a gentle release. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Great band feature as well as solo feature
  • Memorable melody
  • Modal improvising
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton3:004/490
swing
Grade 1
$40.00

“Cowboy Countdown” is a relaxed swinging bluesy tune that’s easy to line dance to! It was written to capture a bit of that cowboy swagger. It features blues scale improvising for any instrument, a simple call and response section and a raucous tag at the end that is sure to get your audience tapping along. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other features:

  • Very sectional writing
  • Easy trombone parts
  • Stop time section
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/4120
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

“Crusin’ at 30 000” is an up tempo swing tune that takes us on a journey from take off to the clouds and finally to a soft landing. It was written as for use as an introduction to faster tempos through accessible swing figures. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Modal improvising
  • Drum solo trading fours
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:304/4200
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

“The Gene Machine” is a 1940’s inspired jump swing tune written in tribute to the great Gene Krupa. It features plunger muted brass figures, call and response and some drum work in the style that Gene Krupa made famous. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Blues scale improvising
  • Fun for every section of the band
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:304/4180
rock
Grade 2
$50.00

“Go Go Blues” is a fun and slinky rock tun inspired by 1960’s go go music. It features accessible figures, blues scale improvising for any instrument, and a lot of unison passages. The groove is easy to learn and will keep students and audiences wanting to hear it again and again. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Losts of stop time sections
  • Strong sax parts
  • Solos for any instrument
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandGo Go RockChristian Overton4:304/4120
other
Grade 3
$60.00

“The Test” is an exciting African inspired tune in 12/8 time that’s both challenging yet accessible. It features an agile melody for the saxophones and a modal solo section with improvising on a single scale. It also features a drum solo section and some simple bass improvising off the top. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Good introduction to 12/8
  • Afro Cuban feel
  • Sectional playing
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz Band12/8Christian Overton4:0012/8120
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

"Friday Night Special" is a throwback to the classic days of live television where big bands backed up famous artists and celebrities. It’s a great high energy swing tune featuring some fast and fun figures that are great to teach your band about swing feel. It features a stop time sax soli and a huge build in the shout chorus. Solos are written for any horn.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/4180
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

This arrangement is a fresh and fun version of a well loved Christmas classic. It starts off in a classical choral but quickly switches to a Benny Goodman inspired 1940s jump tune. It’s full of surprises and features multiple soloists trading back to back. It’s got some fun bassline figures in the trombones and some great swinging in the saxes and trumpets. This one’s sure to be the tune to remember at your Christmas concert.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:004/4140
swing
Grade 1
$40.00

“Blue Heron” is a cool jazz modal blues inspired by one of Ontario’s most majestic birds. It’s very representative of the cool jazz movement of the 1950’s made famous by Miles Davis which caught on strongly in the west coast. The melody is featured in the alto sax, tenor sax, and trumpet, then unison melodies in the saxes vs the brass. It’s a great way to introduce your students to section playing. Improvising can be for any player. !

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandWaltzChristian Overton3:003/4120
rock
Grade 3
$60.00

“Hamunaptra” is a spooky minor rock tune named after the fictional Egyptian city also known as the city of the dead. The tune goes from a half X feel to a driving four feel in the bridge building back up to launch back into the main feel. The sax section and trumpet section are featured throughout with room for improvising for any horn and later on for piano. This one is sure to be a hit with students and audience members alike.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockChristian Overton4:004/4180
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

This arrangement of “The First Noel” is a bluesy take on the Christmas classic everyone knows. It features easy blues improvising changes and a fresh horn feature in the development section. This is a sure way to spice up your Christmas concert! Improvising is written for any horn.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandWaltzChristian Overton4:003/4100
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

“Was Once Was” is a nostalgic rock ballad featuring the alto saxophone. The melody is memorable and moves from feeling a sense of longing to more of a positive feel in the bridge. It also features juicy parts for the saxophone and trumpet sections as well as on opportunity to show off dynamically for the whole band. Improvising is almost exclusively 2 scales. This tune will be a welcome ballad addition to your festival repertoire.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton4:004/470
swing
Grade 2
$50.00

This version of this classic carol features swinging moments while still paying homage to classic renditions on the song. This fun and energetic version features great moments for brass and saxophone sections to shine and also has easy blowing changes. The mood of the piece shifts throughout creating a performance that’s interesting as well as great fun to play!

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwingChristian Overton3:304/4160
latin
Grade 3
$60.00

“Introduccion” is a vibrant and energetic salsa tune that features simple version both 4/4 and 6/8 latin rhythms. This is a great way to get your band learning about Jazz inspired Latin America while getting inside the catchy phrases of the melody and backgrounds. Solos are for brass in the 4/4 sections with an nice bluesy developments section featuring alto saxophone later on.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSalsaChristian Overton3:302/2104
rock
Grade 2
$50.00

“No Trespassing” is a tough as nails strut inspired by the hip hop brass bands of modern New Orleans. It features lots of juicy brass and saxophone lines and is written in cut time for easy reading. This one is guaranteed to be a blast for students and audience members alike.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandRockChristian Overton4:002/2100

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