Bill Overton was born in Memphis in 1954 and grew up there immersed in its blues, jazz and soul music. After receiving his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana, he moved to New York City in 1981 where he performed with such artists as Mel Lewis, Doc Cheatham, Mickey Roker, Major Holley, Vic Dickinson, Rosemary Clooney, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Howard Alden, Bo Diddley, the Temptations, the Spinners, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and many others while teaching at the Brooklyn Conservatory, William Patterson College, and the Aebersold Jazz Clinics, as well as in the public schools. He has recorded extensively and conducted clinics, master classes and seminars throughout the U.S. and abroad. Bill and his family moved to Libertyville, Illinois, in 1998, and, for the past fifteen years, taught band, guitar and music technology at Oak Grove School in Green Oaks, IL. Bill is now fully focused upon his playing career and continues to perform with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Symphony II, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, his own quartet, and many others. His debut recording as a leader, "The Sun Will Shine", has just been completed and released.