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Oscar Peterson

Postby Swing This! » Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:07 pm

The BBC just reported that: "Jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson has died aged 82, according to Canadian media reports. He released I Got Rhythm as his first single at the age of 19 and performed with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Herbie Hancock. Peterson won a talent contest organised by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) when he was just 14 years old. He was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 1997".

What a wonderful musician. I have many fond memories of listening to him on his BBC TV show, in the 70s and enjoying seeing all the great guest musicians he used to have on his show. I was fortunate to see him one time, at The Crucible in Sheffield with NHOP on bass and Martin Drew(?) on percussion, also in the later 70s. His brilliant playing and music will live on through his many recordings!

Here's one of my favourite tunes he recorded with Ray Brown & NHOP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKKpoCy0a5Y
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